PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Reigning Herald POY Tompkins lifts Lee softball to second straight win

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

LEESBURG -- It may be a new year. But nothing's changed about Lee County softball ace Lindsay Tompkins' dominance on the mound.

Tompkins, now a senior and coming off a huge season in 2009 that saw her win The Herald's Player of the Year honors, struck out nine batters and gave up just four hits and no walks Tuesday in a 5-1 win against Pacelli. Lee County has now won two in a row since dropping its opener to Hardaway.

Although, Tompkins' performance was only part of the story Tuesday as the Lady Trojans set out to win for their ailing starting catcher, Natalie Shriver.

"She hated not being able to be there," Lee coach Lynn Avery said of the junior. In Shriver's place, however, was sophomore Jordan Cheshire, who responded to the chance in a big way, going 2-for-3 from the plate and "playing very well in Natalie's absence," Avery said.

Tompkins also hit a double, while Hailey Scott led the way by going 2-for-4.



Bailey Ponder (6-0) pitched an exceptional game for SGA, going six innings and while recording five strikeouts. Ponder had similar success at the plate as she hit a three-run homer -- her first at the varsity level -- in the second inning that put SGA out in front early.

"We hit with runners on base," SGA coach Tommy Manry said. "And defensively we played really well."

Madison Jackson and Hayley Chapel both hit a single and a double for SGA and drove in three runs altogether.

With the win, SGA remains perfect at 7-0 while Terrell Academy falls to 3-3 overall. SGA looks to remain unbeaten in its next game, which is against Citizens Christian Academy on Thursday.



Alex Lindsey pitched four innings and recorded six strikeouts to help Southland get the shutout as she also went 2-for-3 at the plate.

"Alex is the fastest pitcher we have faced," Deerfield coach Meredith Gruhl said. "We had a big graduation last year, so our young players are not used to the speed of the pitching, but we are trying to improve every day."

With the loss Deerfield remains winless at 0-4 but that can all change in its next game against Tiftarea on Thursday.



Anna Laine Brock struck our nine batters and went 2-for-4, as did Christian Charles and Kaylee Dixon. Jordan Cox led SCA by going 2-for-3, while Kristina McNutt went 2-for-2 with four RBI.

SCA improved to 7-2.