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The Louisiana Lady Bulldogs softball team rode the arm of junior pitcher Kaitlyn VanHooser on Monday, Sept. 30 in a 6-2 road win over the Clopton Lady Hawks.
VanHooser got the win after allowing only two earned run over seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
“We played well throughout and VanHooser did a nice job of pitching around two errors in the fourth,” said Louisiana Head Coach Bill Capps.
The Lady Bulldogs busted out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by sophomore center fielder Taylor Cunningham and senior third baseman Caitlin Bolton.
Louisiana scored three times in the third inning off Clopton senior pitcher Kristen Tucker.
Freshman Louisiana second baseman Molly Ross singled after junior shortstop Morgan Murry walked. Bolton doubled again and Murry scored.
Then sophomore left fielder Taylor Cunningham singled, scoring Moss and Bolton to make it 4-0.
Clopton loaded the bases on errors in the fourth inning and scored one run. Junior right fielder Sierra Smith hit one up the middle to bring in the second and last run for the Lady Hawks.
In the fifth inning, Ross singled and took third base on an overthrow. She then scored on Bolton’s sacrifice fly to center to make it 5-2.
Clopton stranded runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Louisiana scored its last run in the sixth inning when sophomore first baseman Bailey Wallace doubled to left and later scored on a wild pitch.
Ross led the Lady Bulldogs at the plate, going three-for-three and scored three runs. Bolton went two-for-tree and had three RBIs with a run scored.
For Clopton, Tucker took the loss by giving up three earned runs over seven innings, while striking out five.
Sophomore Clopton catcher Kaitlyn Reed was two-for-three with a walk. Freshman infielder Katie McCrory went two-for-four.