By Johnny Sanders, Sports Editor
CHELSEA – The Lady Huskies are on a tear lately in the softball ranks. They have won 14 straight games with a 17-4 record and now 2-0 in the area after a 13-0 thrashing they put on the Chelsea Hornets Thursday night with Sara Phillips stealing the show once again with a no-hitter on the mound and a home run at the plate.
The Huskies wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, jumping out 2-0 after one inning of play when Hannah Dorsett reached on a ground ball to shortstop and was brought home on a Zaylen Tucker single to center field. Olivia Faggard came to the plate later in the inning and drove in Tucker to make it 2-0 Huskies.
After a scoreless second inning, Hewitt put 3 runs on the board in the third to take a commanding 5-0 lead over the Hornets. G Reeves would get a single to start things off followed by an Ahkeela Honeycutt single and a Sara Phillips walk to lad the bases. Lexie Kelly hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Reeves. Ryleigh Wood hit a single to right field that drove in Honeycutt and pinch-runner Taylor Davis before Chelsea would get out of the inning.
The fourth would be another scoreless inning with the Huskies putting up 4 more in the fifth and sixth respectively. In the fifth, Phillips and Wood had back-to-back singles followed by Dorsett being hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tucker would single to shortstop to drive in Davis (pinch running for Phillips). Chaney Peters would hit a double to left that drove in Wood, Dorsett and Tucker to make it 9-0 Hewitt.
The sixth would be much the same as Hewitt put up 4 more runs on Chelsea. With Sarah Beth Golden on first base, Phillips, who was already brilliant from the mound, stepped to the plate and kindly knocked the ball over the left field fence for a 2-run home run to make it 11-0. Amber Newman would follow with a double to centerfield and Makaila Hope would hit a 2-run homer of her own to close out the scoring and secure the blowout win for the red-hot Hewitt Huskies Softball team.
Phillips was yet again impressive in her second no-hitter of the season, pitching all 6 innings. She gave up no runs, no hits and just one walk in the shutout win, striking out twelve batters on the day.
Hewitt is now 17-4 and they will spend Spring Break in Gulf Shores this week competing in the Gulf Coast Classic.