Coaching change makes no difference to Lipscomb Academy's softball success

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:53am

Under new coach Lexi Myers, Lipscomb Academy has continued its winning tradition in softball.

Senior Janie Lynn Langford belted a two-run double in the top of the seventh as the Mustangs rallied from 3-2 down in the final inning to pull out a 4-3 win over Hume-Fogg in the District 10-AA championship game Saturday morning.

Five-year standout McCarley Thomas (10-12), a Lipscomb University signee, pitched a three-hitter and struck out seven in a duel with Hume-Fogg’s Grace Proctor. Eighth-grade outfielder Sarah Hemmerly belted a homer over the left-field fence in the second.

Lipscomb (15-17) hosts old rival Goodpasture on Monday afternoon in the Region 5-AA semifinals. Hume-Fogg visits Greenbrier.

“Winning district is special. These girls have really pulled together all and made my job so much easier,” Myers said. “Everyone, from the No. 1 through No. 9 in the order, has had an impact.’’

Long-time coach Gary Davis, who retired last year, developed Lipscomb into a perennial power in softball. Davis watched from the stands Saturday.

• Centennial claims crown: Centennial (28-9) fought its way out of the losers bracket and beat rival Ravenwood 5-0 Saturday to win the rain-delayed District 11-AAA baseball championship. The Cougars rallied to beat Ravenwood 5-4 Thursday, forcing a final game.

The season ended for the Raptors as, unlike other districts, 11-AAA allows its regular season champ to qualify for the region, so Brentwood High got the other berth.

Ensworth falls short: Memphis Hutchison won its third straight state lacrosse championship, beating Ensworth 12-6 in the finals Saturday at Pope John Paul II, a rematch of last year’s final. Senior Lauren Elcan scored two goals for the Tigers.