Neither team scored in the third and after Don Ayres failed to do anything in the fourth inning, Lebanon extended the lead some more.
Sarah Tribby was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a single by Ray. After McDuffie sacrificed the runners, Payge Redman (4-for-4, three runs scored, four RBIs) hit her second triple of the game to score both runners and make it 8-2.
After Ward reached on an error, Payten Redman reached on an error that allowed two runs to score. Redman later scored on wild pitch to make it 11-2.
Lebanon recorded eight hits and drew six walks in the game.
”It is a good start offensively,” coach Redman said. “We have kids that know what they are out here to do. If we need them to lay down a bunt, slap, or something like that — they will do it. They want to work hard and they do work hard and it shows.”
After being held to two runs and two hits in the first four innings, Don Ayres’ offense came to life in the top of the fifth. In the final two innings, they recorded seven runs on eight hits.
Lebanon never allowed the tying run to get to the plate however, and got the win.
Redman said the girls know what improvements have to be made from the final two innings.
“We have to be aggressive,” she said. “We have to charge the ball and we have to throw the ball. Our outfielders have to be able to come up and get the out. If it gets passed them, we have someone backing them up. But we have to go up and get the ball, charge the balls in the infield and throw the ball hard.”
Lebanon is back in action tonight against District 1 champion South Park Little League (Chesterton).
Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Of Lebanon’s four games in pool play, all are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Redman said that could be an advantage.
“I think it helps us because we can get into a routine,” Redman said. “We can have batting practice in the morning and then get some rest after that.”