Power, productivity and perfect pitching by Pitts

     The Rising Sun Lady Shiners made its appearance in the state’s top 20 poll this week after winning four games.


     The Rising Sun Lady Shiners made its appearance in the state’s top 20 poll this week after winning four games.

     In those four games, Rising Sun scored 84 runs while allowing just eight.

     It started with a 22-7 win over South Ripley i an Ohio River Valley Conference game on Wednesday. They batted around scoring 11 first inning runs, scored eight in the second and one in the third. Starter Sydney Pitts struck out six in three perfect innings before handing the ball to Caroline Stapleton.

    The lone Shiner senior allowed seven runs on seven hits but that wouldn’t overshadow her best offensive game of the season . She was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

    Rising Sun had 14 hits in the game including two each by Lindsay Montgomery, Abby Wallace, Lucy Phelps and Pitts. Emma Levi, Sydney Bostic, and Kassidy  Romans had a hit each.

    Romans led the way with a triple and four RBI. Montgomery had a double, home run and three RBI with Bostic adding a double and three RBI. Pitts, Wallace and Phelps had two RBI each. Stapleton, Levi and freshmen Shelby Stogsdill and Karrah White had one each.

     Rising Sun improved its ORVC record to 4-0 with a 28-0 win against Shawe in a make up game Thursday in Madison.

Sydney Pitts struck out 13 in pitching a perfect game against Shawe. She is shown here pitching against Lawrenceburg.

    Sophomore Sydney Pitts hurled a no-hitter by striking out 13 of the 15 batters she faced. The only two times Shawe hit the ball were a pop out to first and a come-backer to the mound.

     Pitts needed just 55 pitches in the five innings with 42 being strikes. Her command  on the mound was evident as she went to three balls just twice and one of those was a 3-2 count.

    The Shiner power game saw Montgomery hit a three run homer in the first and solo homer in the third. She was 4-for-4 with six RBI and four runs scored.

     Lead-off batter Kassidy Romans hit her first home run- a three run shot in the 17 run first inning. She was 3-for-3 with four RBI and a double.

     Junior Lucy Phelps was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI. Classmate Sydney Bostic was 4-for-4 and two RBI to improve her season average to .611.

    Pitts helped herself with 3-for-4  including a triple and four RBI. Levi and White had two hits each with Wallace and Stapleton adding to the 24 hit account.

    In another make up on Friday, Rising Sun posted an 18-1 win at Lawrenceburg.

   The Shiners scored more than 10 runs in its first at bat for the third straight game with 11 in the first.

   It was a tough night on the mound for the Tiger starter as Kassidy Romans reached on an error. That was followed by a trio of walks mixed in with three hit by pitch. When the inning was over, Rising Sun had singles by Romans, Levi and Montgomery while Montgomery hit her school record seventh home run- a 3-run shot.

   Lucy Phelps opened the second with her second home run of the season as RS scored three more runs. They added a solo run in the third on singles by Phelps and Levi and closed the scoring with three more in the fifth.

   Phelps was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.  Romans was 3-for-4 with a double and triple and four RBI. Levi was 3-for-5 and two RBI with Montgomery 2-for-3 and four RBI. Stapleton singled while White added a pair of RBI and one each were recorded by Bostic, Pitts, Wallace and Stapleton.

    A solo run in the bottom of the fourth prevented a Shiner shutout. Pitts allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out five and walking one.

   The fifth win of the week was a 16-0 win over South Decatur on Saturday.

   The phenomenal freshman season of Lindsay Montgomery continued as she added her eighth home run of the season. She was 3-for–4 and four RBI.

    Rising Sun scored just one run in the first and were scoreless in the second before a nine run third inning broke things wide open against the winless Cougars.

   Bostic (4-for-4 on the day) started things off with a single. The big hit of the inning was a bases clearing double by Phelps.

  After scoring a solo run in the fourth, Rising Sun added five more in the fifth. Montgomery smacked a 2-run homer and Phelps added her second home run in as many games- a two run shot.

   Rising Sun had 14 hits including two by Phelps, a triple by Romans and a 2-run double by Levi.

   The Lady Shiners were scheduled to meet defending sectional champ Hauser in a make up on Tuesday before returning to ORVC play at Switzerland County on Wednesday. They visit Milan in a rematch on Friday before hosting Jac-Cen-Del on Monday and traveling to Southwestern on Wednesday.

Lindsay Montgomery, Lucy Phelps and Kassidy Romans homered this past week. Montgomery set a record with her seventh at Lawrenceburg. Phelps had her first homer of the season in the same game while Romans homered the night before at Shawe. Montgomery was Player of the Week in the ORVC for the week of April 14-19. Montgomery leads Class 1A with eight home runs.