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Sherando’s Jessica Seymour, right, is tagged out by Musselman pitcher Kali Miller on an attempted steal at home plate during Wednesday’s game. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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Mussleman shortstop Brittany Gano collides with Sherando's Lacie Taylor on a steal attempt to second base during sixth inning action in Stephens City. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

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The ball gets past Mussleman catcher Nikki Dusing as Sherando's Sam Musser slides safely into home during sixth inning action at Stephens City Wednesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)


By Robert Edmonds - sports@nvdaily.com

STEPHENS CITY - The Sherando softball team continued its winning ways by knocking off Musselman (W.Va.) on Wednesday for the Warriors' third victory in as many days.

After an offensive explosion on Tuesday in which the team scored 22 runs, Sherando followed up with another outburst in a 10-0 shutout of the Applemen.

"We have a team that plays very well as a group," Warriors coach Garry Sawyer said. "Right now, we are playing very well. We have faced some good quality opponents that are coming at us hard. We have a solid defense and offense that has the potential to make things happen."

The Warriors' offense started slowly, but team members wasted little time in regaining their focus at the plate.

In the second inning, Paige Mills and Lexi Mecker hit back-to-back singles to put runners on base and cause Applemen pitcher Kali Miller to feel the potential threat. Two batters later, Jessica Seymour lined a double that scored both runners and quickly put Sherando ahead.

"We kind of knew we needed to get going early," Courtney Reid said. "It has been a long week and coach [Sawyer] told to start talking it up a little more. We have a close team and everyone is able to pick each other up. Once we got settled, we were able to get things going."

"We kind of knew we needed to get going early," Courtney Reid said. "It has been a long week and coach [Sawyer] told to start talking it up a little more. We have a close team and everyone is able to pick each other up. Once we got settled, we were able to get things going."

After her team added a run in the third, Seymour connected again for her second RBI double to give the Warriors a comfortable 4-0 lead. With the offense getting the job done at the plate, freshman pitcher Reid settled in for the Warriors. Reid mowed through the Musselman lineup in just her third varsity start of the year. With a solid defense behind her, Reid never felt a real threat as she tossed a complete-game victory and recorded seven strikeouts.

"I just wanted to get the ball in play," Reid said. "I know we have a solid defense and I was throwing strikes. After we got the lead, I felt a little more comfortable and just went out and threw."

"She [Reid] pitched solid all day," Sawyer said. "She stepped up and worked the batters and threw strikes. She knew she a had a strong defense behind her, and being able to pitch so well gave us a chance to get Amanda [Lutz] a rest after pitching last night."

Although the Warriors held the lead heading into their final at bat, Sherando added six insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach. Solid hitting combined with three errors in the inning by the opposing defense allowed the Warriors to pull away.

With runners at the corners, Seymour delivered one more time with an RBI single to left to start the rally. The center fielder finished the night 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single and four RBIs. Seymour later scored when Lutz hit a ball that was misplayed by the second baseman to allow all runners to reach base.

"We trust each other a lot," Seymour said. "We all play travel ball and we get experience playing games like this back to back. We know we have a solid defense and when we started with the great intensity, we were able to get our bats rolling and we kept it up."

Kourtney Paige and teammate Laci Miller each knocked in a run to finish the scoring and set the final score.



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