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Lynchburg-Clay ties for SHAC Div. I softball championship 

Caitlyn Collins
Lynchburg-Clay's Caitlyn Collins is pictured in a game this season. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

The top of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference Division I standings ended in a three-team tie for the conference championship, as on Monday the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs wrapped up their ’23 season with a convincing 12-2 win over West Union, making it a three-way tie for the conference title.

LCHS shares the Division I SHAC crown with the Fairfield Lady Lions and Eastern Lady Warriors, as all three teams compiled 9-4 records in the SHAC standings. Manchester won Division II of the SHAC with a 13-0 record.

On Monday against West Union at WUHS ,the Lady Mustangs scored six runs in the top of the first inning, followed by a two-run second inning. In the fourth and fifth innings, LCHS added two runs in each inning for the 12-2 win.

LCHS finished with 14 hits and committed four errors, while West Union had one hit and five errors.

Caitlyn Collins led the way at 4-for-4 with two runs. 

Noel Barnhill ended the game 3-for-3 with one run, one RBI and one walk. Sophia Michael was 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a steal.

Madison Baker finished 1-for-3 with a run and RBI, and Morgan Baker was 1-for-2 with a double and one RBI.

Autumn Griffith was 2-for-4 with a run, and Brya McClain was 1-for-1 with a run, two RBI and two walks.

Samantha Merry collected a run and a steal, while teammate Reese Ruble ended the day at 1-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a steal. Miranda Smith scored one run in the win.

Barnhill was the winning pitcher, going five innings in the circle and allowing two unearned runs on one hit and no walks. Barnhill finished with 10 strikeouts.

For the season, LCHS ends with an overall record of 11-9.


LCHS    620 22x x — 12 14 4
WUHS    000 20x x — 2 1 5