Softball team beats Parkview on Tuesday

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Behind sophomore pitcher McKenzie Lowarance’s first career varsity win in the circle, the Lebanon High School softball team bounced back in a much-needed way, defeating Parkview at home on Tuesday, 20-2.

In the game, Lowrance pitched just three innings in a shortened game due to a mercy rule, and struck out four batters in the contest.For Lebanon, Cailyn Willbanks led the charge collecting three hits in the game. Raegan McCowan and Regan Hathaway each had two hits, while Nicole Truitt, Taylor Rodden, Ani Becker, Shelby Bybee, Gracie Waterman, and Reese Prock all had hits for the Lady Jackets, according to head coach Stan Crum.

Lebanon fell to Fulton on Monday afternoon at the Lebanon Softball Complex, 11-1 in five innings. Fulton scored four runs off of pitcher Katie Schneider in the first inning, but LHS was able to get their lone run of the game on an RBI base hit from Schneider in the bottom of the second inning.

The Hornets would go on a charge, scoring three runs in the third and four in the fourth to enforce the mercy rule.

According to Crum, a young and inexperienced Lebanon softball team will have to rely on players to step up after they learned that their normal starting pitcher, Nicole Pruitt, was diagnosed with tendonitis and was urged to discontinue pitching for the remainder of the season.

“This was a big blow to our team and we traveled to Kickapoo with the knowledge that her status as a field player was also uncertain. We took a bad loss at Kickapoo heading into the weekend,” he said. “The Kickapoo game was our fourth game in a row and our sixth game in 10 days, so our girls needed a break to rest and recover. Losing Nicole as a pitcher hurt us and she is also in pain when she throws overhand so we have to use her as sparingly as possible, which kind of stinks since she is one of our better fielders.”

Crum said the team will have to use some JV pitchers against varsity teams going forward, especially in the Branson tournament this weekend. 

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