The Demopolis/Trinity score is now even thanks to the Lady Tigers of Demopolis High, as they swept the Lady Wildcats of Trinity 2-0, 8-1 Saturday to earn their 15th and 16th consecutive wins on their

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The Lady Tigers received a five-hit shutout from senior starting pitcher Kelly Keasler in game one, then lit up Trinity starting pitcher Brandy Brendle in game two to sweep the Lady Wildcats in two straight games in the best-of-3 sub-state series. Keasler (16-3) pitched a complete game seven innings earning 8K’s, while giving up no runs on two hits with no walks.

Junior Kristin Etheridge, along with junior Brittany Thorne got things started for the Lady Tigers in the fifth inning with back-to-back singles. Senior Katie Simmons then sacrificed both Etheridge and Thorne over into scoring position. A RBI single by senior Timie Lee and an infield ground out by senior Heather Wright would score both Etheridge and Thorne and give the Lady Tigers their only runs of the game. But with Keasler on the mound it would be more than enough.

In game two it would be senior Lauren Roark on the mound for the 31-9 Tigers. Roark would work through six innings before giving up her first, and Trinity’s only run of the series. Roark collected 5K’s, while giving up one run on six hits with one walk.

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Thorne came through once more for the Tigers in game two as she ripped a two-run double in the first inning that would then set off an explosion of Tiger hits. Senior India Chancelor followed Thorne with a RBI double of her own to put the Lady Tigers up by three after one full inning.

In the third, Thorne would drive in another run on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, while Trinity relief pitcher Hanna Whitehead would give the Lady Tigers’ their fifth and sixth runs of the game with an RBI single and a walk.

Two more runs for the Lady Tigers in the sixth would put this one out of reach for the Lady Wildcats.

With the sub-state rounds now out of the way, the Lady Tigers lack just four wins from defending their 2003 state championship, as they head towards Montgomery for the state finals this weekend at Lagoon Park.