Haughton senior Lani Woods cracked two home runs, a double and picked up 7 RBIs in leading the Lady Bucs to a 16-1 win over Southwood on Monday evening at the Lady Cowboys softball complex.
Playing in brutal conditions for late March, the Haughton lineup found the blustery winds to their liking. Coach Hal Harlan’s club cracked 14 hits in just four innings, including a third home run by Miranda Ogletree.
“We swung the bats better today than we have been and they helped us out a bit,” Harlan said. “We haven’t been giving (pitcher) Haley (Miller) much run support, but she got some today. She pitched her tail off last week against Byrd and Parkway without a lot of support.”
The Lady Bucs (13-7, 7-1) got all the runs they needed in the top of the first when Brooke Payton walked, followed by an RBI-double from Haley Krumpelbeck and an RBI-single from Emily Edwards. After Kirsten Martin reached on an error, Woods cracked a 3-run shot over the left field wall to put her club in front 5-0.
“We had zero focus from the outset, starting with some of our upperclassmen,” Southwood coach Wade Strother said. “If you can’t hit your spots and you have to groove it and if you can’t catch pop-ups, this is what you get. We did get some good play from some of our younger kids.”
The Lady Bucs added six additional runs to their lead in the second inning when Payton walked, Krumpelbeck singled and Michelle Lane reached when she was hit by a pitch. That set the stage for Woods’ grand slam followed by Ogletree’s 2-run blast.
“When I was up there I was just telling myself that no matter where it was pitched to hit the ball to help my team,” Woods said. “The ball was looking really big today and she pitched it right where it needed to be.”
Southwood (6-13, 2-6) cut the deficit to 11-1 in the bottom of two when Katelyn Scruggs doubled, moved up on a single by Jaimee Miller and scored when Bre Patrick reached on an error.
But Haughton’s fourth inning finished off the contest. Woods, Natalie Smith, Ogletree, Jessica Blank, Payton, Krumpelbeck and Edwards singled in succession to open the frame with the latter five hitters picking up an RBI.
Krumpelbeck was 4-for-4 at the plate, while Woods was 3-for-4 for the Lady Bucs. Southwood managed just three hits off Miller, who struck out two and walked just one.