Hornets sweep Newton, blast Noxapater


The Lady Hornets got a much-needed boost of confidence as they took three run-rule victories last week.

Lake swept Newton in a pair of Division 4-2A victories, beating the Tigers 13-2 and 16-1 on Thursday. They finished off the week with a 17-1 hammering of Noxapater on Saturday.

Lake, now 4-3, will take on Puckett on Monday at 10 a.m. and face Noxapater again on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Forest. Then on Wednesday, Lake will take on Forest at 12:30 p.m.

Lake 13, Newton 2

Lake scored eight runs in the first inning and went on to take a five-inning, run-rule victory.

After scoring eight in the first, Lake added one in the second followed by two in the second and fourth innings. Newton scored its two runs in the fourth.

Lake had nine hits in the contest, led by Brady McGee who was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs. Drew Moore was 2-for-4 while Grant Tune also drove in two runs. Desmond Harris drew three walks while Ethan Gray had two walks. Mark Qualls scored three runs while Mickey Parker and Seth Harrison each drove in runs.

Drew Moore pitched five hitless innings for the Hornets and struck out 12 and walked three to pick up the win.

Caranday Hardaway and Tony Burkes each scored for Newton.

Sirvares Snow pitched three innings for Newton and gave up 11 runs on eight hits and six walks.

Lake 16, Newton 1

Lake used two big innings to take a three-inning, run-rule victory over Newton in the second game of the doubleheader on Thursday.

Lake scored five runs in the first and 11 runs in the second.

Lake had seven hits, seven walks and took advantage of three errors.

Drew Moore was 2-for-2 with a double, home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Brady McGee was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored while Mark Qualls, Nathon Lott and Seth Harrison each had two RBIs. Logan Palmer, Desmond Harris, Mickey Parker and Lott each scored two runs.

McGee got the start on the mound and pitched three innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out seven.

Cardanday Hardaway collected both of Newton’s hits and had an RBI.

Hardaway got the start and pitched the first inning, giving up 11 runs on three hits and six walks. Keshun Watts pitched the final inning and gave up five runs on four hits.

Lake 17, Noxapater 1

The Hornets hammered out 14 hits and needed just three and a half innings to beat the visiting Tigers by the run rule on Saturday.

Lake scored seven in the first, two in the second and eight in the third while Noxapater scored one in the third.

Drew Moore had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Grant Tune was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Mark Qualls and Seth Harrison were each 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Ethan Gray scored three runs while Desmond Harris, Nathan Lott and Will Geter each scored twice.

Tune got the start on the mound and dominated as he pitched four innings and gave up one hit and three walks while striking out 11.