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Gabby Lewis pitched a shutout in the Stars' win over Lebanon.

DOVER - The Western Boone softball team needed Gabby Lewis to be on her game if they were going to top Lebanon on Tuesday night.

The Tigers came into the game averaging more than nine runs a game over their past four and scored 23 runs in two games to win their invite on Saturday. 

But the Western Boone sophomore was up to the challenge.

Lewis scattered seven hits and four walks, striking out seven, and led the Stars to a 3-0 win over the Tigers.

"Gabby pitched an amazing game tonight," Western Boone head coach Mike Vanderpool said. "I watched them this weekend, and they are a good hitting team. They are solid 1-9, and Gabby pitched great tonight."

Lebanon had a base-runner in every inning, and had two on in the second, third, sixth and seventh. 

But every time she needed to make a pitch, Lewis delivered.

"Gabby Lewis is a fantastic pitcher," Lebanon head coach Robert Archambeau said. "We had some nice contact, it just didn't find the gaps. She kept us outside all day. The girls kept on coming in and were saying it was happening, we just didn't make the adjustment quick enough."

Western Boone took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. 

With two on and no outs, Emma Shirley hit an infield fly, but when the ball was dropped the Stars' base runners each moved up a base.

Alaina Ward then drove in a run with a ground out, and the Stars added a second run on a throwing error.

"Western Boone is a well organized group and Mike Vanderpool does a fantastic job with them," Archambeau said. "We had a weird call with the infield fly and people were moving, but that's part of the game and we have to keep working."

The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth.

Emily Conyer singled with one out, and two batters later Shirley hit an RBI-double to left to make it 3-0.

Lebanon put two on with two outs in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, but a fly out ended it.

"We left some runners on in previous innings when we had a chance to add on," Vanderpool said. "Emma came through with a big hit. She struggled in her first couple at bats, but kept her head in the game. Being up 3-0, that's a big insurance run."

Conyer was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk for the Stars. 

Makenzie Amich, Gabby Lewis, Emma McClaine and Chloe Gillan also had hits for the Stars.

Kennedi Jones was 2-for-3 for the Tigers. Kiana Richards, Abby Johnson, Kylie Kadel, Kylie Ottinger and Hannah Wilborn had other hits for Lebanon.

Kadel took the loss in the circle, striking out six.

The two teams are scheduled to play tomorrow at Lebanon.

"The girls are already talking about tomorrow, and we aren't even on the bus yet," Archambeau said. "The girls are excited, the girls are hungry and I think you'll see tomorrow a group ready to have fun. They took the first one, and we want to take the last one."

Western Boone is aiming to improve to 4-0 in the conference.

Vanderpool said although the Stars won on Tuesday, he knows they can be even better.

"I don't think we played our best game, we didn't hit as well as we could, especially with runners in scoring position," Vanderpool said. "I think if we play our game, we should give ourselves a good chance. But they are a good team, and if we go in relaxed and happy with this one win, we are going to get our butts kicked tomorrow night."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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