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By BRIAN LANGLEY
Morgan County News
Jenifer Laurendine’s Coalfield softball team remained perfect in the district with a pair of wins against Oneida last Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Jackets (8-6, 4-0 in District 4-A) got another couple of strong pitching performances from their 8th grade ace Lindsey Fadnek. She allowed only three hits and fanned 27 batters in 14 innings of work to keep adding to her impressive strikeout total that has reached 150 on the season.
“Lindsey obviously pitched really well for us. Andy (Foster) is doing a great job behind the plate and deserves some props,” explained Laurendine, the rookie head coach for Coalfield.
Fadnek, the hard throwing right-hander, fired a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 win at Oneida on Monday and then followed it up with a one-hit 8-0 victory at home over the Lady Indians on Tuesday.
“We got two great wins over Oneida last week and things are starting to come together for us,” said Laurendine.
In the win at Oneida last Monday, Coalfield’s Samantha Swanger scored what proved to be the winning run on a single to left by Wendy Cox in the top of the second.
The Lady Jackets then added four runs (Erika Foster, Fadnek, Alaina Jordan and Andrea Foster each scored) in the third to build a 5-0 lead. Coalfield’s Lacey Armes slapped a run-scoring single to bring home A. Foster in the fifth to put the finishing touches on a 6-0 win.
Fadnek fanned 12 batters in the two-hitter for the win. Oneida’s Neil took the loss.
Coalfield’s 12-hit parade was led by Andrea Foster (3-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 SB), Erika Foster (2-4, 1 3B, 1 run, 1 SB) and Lacey Armes (2-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB).
Oneida’s Sexton and Huff collected the only two hits.
Coalfield’s Fadnek flirted with a no-hitter and fanned a career-high 15 batters in their 8-0 win over the Lady Indians last Tuesday.
Erika Foster crossed home plate in the home half of the first inning to give Coalfield a 1-0 lead they would never relinquish. Foster then provided a two-run hit in the second to score Jackson and Kaylee Watson in the second for a 3-0 cushion.
Swanger scored in the third and then Watson and Jordan each scored in the fourth to build a 6-0 advantage. Jackson and Cox then added insurance runs in the fifth for an 8-0 win.
“We executed the small game and manufactured some runs. We have also cut down on our mistakes and errors and that has been a huge plus,” said Laurendine.
“I thought Alaina (Jordan) played well for us.”
Fadnek only allowed one hit on seven innings of work for the win.
The Lady Jackets were led at the plate by Alice Jackson (3-4, 1 2B, 2 runs), Lindsey Fadnek (2-3), Andrea Foster (2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI) and Samantha Swanger (2-3, 1 RBI, 1 run, 1 SB).
Coalfield was set to host Oakdale Tuesday in a big District 4-A game before they host Oliver Springs in a battle of district unbeatens on Thursday. They end the week playing host to Greenback on Friday.