Lebanon Reporter

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April 26, 2014

Tigers blast past Westfield 17-0

Lebanon head softball coach Steve Smith didn't like the way his team warmed up prior to Thursday night's game against Frankfort and said it showed during their 4-1 win.

Friday night was a different story. The Tigers came out ready to go against Westfield, pounding the Shamrocks 17-0 to improve to 8-0 on the season.

"Thursday we came out and made a whole lot of errors taking infield, we weren't aggressive and we played that way," Smith said. "Tonight was different. We got here on time, took our infield and were sharp and crisp, almost flawless. Then we came out and played a really good game. Those are the things we are trying to clean up and I am very pleased with tonight."

Smith said that he hopes Friday's performance shows the Tigers what they need to do in order to be their best.

"I hope they are visual learners and that sinks in," Smith said. "I think it does sink in. They knew last night wasn't their best. I don't know what the issue was there. Frankfort has a nice ball club and it was a good game, but we weren't mentally prepared like we were tonight. Tonight we were here ready to go and that made a big difference."

After a scoreless first inning, the Tigers started to come to life in the bottom of the second.

Whitney Cosgray singled with one out and was sacrificed to second by Cheyenne Marshall. Payton Hollis followed with a 2-run homer to make it 2-0.

Hollis finished the game 2-for-4 with two home runs, 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

"The ball must have been really big in her eyes today," Smith said. "She has been hitting the ball well and hitting it hard. Last year she had four or five home runs so she is more than capable. She just keeps doing her thing. She is kind of a quiet player this year and just comes and plays."

For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.

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