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Stone Memorial hands Harriman its first loss

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 By JACE GREENE

Roane Newspapers

The Harriman High School Lady Devils came into their game Thursday night against the Stone Memorial High School Lady Panthers looking to make their season record 3-0, but unfortunately for the Lady Devils Thursday night didn't bring the same outcome. Despite a valiant effort against the larger opponent, the Lady Devils dropped the contest 5-1.

The Lady Devils had been enjoying large victories and were able to jump out on opponents earlier in the week, but the Lady Panthers had a different idea.  Stone Memorial’s leadoff hitter, Ashley Wilson, ripped a triple to start the game and was brought across home plate by Ashley Herbert when she laid down a bunt. Herbert as well ended up on third base after a error on the throw to first.

Chasitty Hancock drove in Herbert to bring the score 2-0, but Haley Goldston, who is proving herself to be a well established pitcher, settled in and sat the rest of the Lady Panthers down.

Marilyn Franklin, Ivory Peddicord and Kaitlin Abston were all able to get on base for the Lady Devils in the bottom of the first, giving them bases loaded, but Lady Panther pitcher Rachel Matheus got her third strikeout of the inning and left the bases full for the Lady Devils.

Goldston picked up two strikeouts in the top of the second, while Abston made a great play to throw out a runner at first to keep the Lady Panthers off the scoreboard and keep the score 2-0.

Alyssa Goldston was the only Lady Devil to reach base in the bottom of the second as she got on by a ball four walk. Nobody could push her around the bases as the score stayed the same going into the third.

Hancock stepped up to bat to lead the Lady Panthers off in the top of the third and decided to take matters into her own hands and smashed a home run over the fence to make the score 3-0.

Neither team threatened again until the bottom of the fourth inning when Harriman’s Taylor Sells led off the frame with a walk. Unfortunately for Harriman, the next three hitters were retired and the Devils were still unable to pick up any runs.

The Lady Panthers then used the long ball to add to its lead in the top of the fifth inning.

Herbert blasted a home run over the center field fence, and that was followed by Hancock picking up her second home run off the night back to back to bring the score 5-0. Harriman head coach Travis Langley took a trip to meet with his infield and it seemed to help as his Lady Devils didn't give up a hit, nor another run in the inning.

Goldston reached on a walk to start the bottom of the inning and that translated into a run as she was able to steal home. This run gave the Devils hope, but it was slowly shot down by the Lady Panthers, who didn't let another run cross the plate in the bottom of the fifth.

Harriman tried to rally in their next at bat. Sells and Chelsey Langley both reached base in the bottom of the sixth inning, but unfortunately a double play didn't let the Lady Devils capitalize on it. 

The Lady Devils had one more chance to make a push towards Stone's lead in the bottom of the seventh, but all three Lady Devils were sat down in order as Stone went on the grab the 5-1 victory.

The Lady Devils played again Friday when they traveled to Knoxville Catholic for a doubleheader. 

Harriman plays again at home Thursday against Oliver Springs.