Kenzie Glover gets Calvary past Converse

Kenzie Glover gets Calvary past Converse

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Kenzie Glover gets Calvary past Converse

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Shaking off a lackluster performance after a day removed from practice, the Calvary Lady Cavaliers had enough in the tank to get past Converse 9-4 on Friday afternoon in the second annual Calvary Spring Fling Tournament.

Kenzie Glover went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the attack for coach Tiffany Bruton. Jordan Fielder and Mallory LaLena posted two hits and two runs apiece to aid the cause.

“I’m not sure if we were hung over from the John Curtis game on Wednesday or from not practicing yesterday, but we came out sluggish,” Bruton said.

The tournament will continue today with four games on tap, including the Lady Cavs’ scheduled to play Zwolle at 9 a.m. and Ashdown, Ark., at 5 p.m. Times could be altered, however, due to Friday’s weather.

“We are hoping to get four games in and some more at-bats this weekend because this is our last tournament before we start district play on Monday with North Caddo,” Bruton said.

The Lady Cavs (16-3), rated No. 1 in the 2A power ratings, got things started in the second when Glover opened the frame with a double to left field. After a fly out by Marissa Reed, Jordan Fielder was hit by a pitch and Morgan Woodle put down a bunt single to load the bases. Glover and Fielder scored on a single up the middle by Morgan Collins, and Woodle scored on a double steal to make it 3-0 Calvary.

After Lizzy Lafisca’s bunt single and a walk to LaLena, Collins and Lafisca scored on a single by Taylor Hammock. LaLena made it 6-0 when she scored on Tiffany Williams’ sacrifice.

Converse (10-5) shaved the deficit to 6-2 in the third when Megan Sistrunk tripled, followed by singles from Chloe Thomas and Lauren Sistrunk.

“The top of our lineup did well — they had some good swings,” Converse coach Walter Litton said. “But we had some ugly swings in the middle and our pitcher struggled today. She usually has a good curve but it didn’t work today.”

Calvary appeared to put the game away in the fourth when LaLena singled, Williams reached on a fielder’s choice and both scored on Glover’s punch to center.

But the Lady Wildcats pulled within 8-4 in the top of the fifth when Paula Dease walked and Thomas and Sistrunk cashed in with 2-out singles. Calvary added the final score in their half of the inning when Fielder started the frame with a triple and scored on Woodle’s sac grounder.

Calvary got a solid pitching performance from Sarah Chamberlain, although the freshman was not as dominating as she has been at times this season. She posted 10 strikeouts and allowed six hits over seven innings.

“Sarah was a little off today, struggling at times to hit her spots,” Bruton said. “But she made the pitches she was supposed to make and we were able to pull it out.”

Thomas and Sistrunk each posted 2-for-3 days for the Lady Wildcats.

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