Tigers start season with two wins

Mar. 19—LEBANON — For a season opener with a lot of new faces, there were plenty of positives for the Lebanon softball team on Tuesday evening.

Debuting their brand new turf field, the Tigers took control of the game early and topped visiting Benton Central 10-0 in five innings.

"As young as we are, we are just trying to put out some quality softball," Lebanon head coach Robert Archambeau said. "I loved our energy today. Everyone contributed, and everyone's focus was to compete from the top to the bottom of the line-up. That was nice to see."

After Benton Central went down in order in the top of the first, Lebanon struck for two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Krryn Miller drew a one-out walk, before Avery Blount singled.

After a passed ball allowed Miller to score, Sophie Robison drove in a run with a ground out, putting the Tigers up 2-0.

"We talked about putting our best foot forward and striking first and see how they would respond," Archambeau said. "We felt like we could have an advantage there."

Benton Central did have some scoring threats early.

They loaded the bases with two out in the second, but Miller got a strike out to end the threat.

The Bison then had two on with two outs in the third, but tagged out a runner trying to score on a wild pitch. That seemed to fully relax Miller, who retired six of the final seven batters she faced, five by strike out. She had 12 strikeouts in the game, scattering three hits.

"She's resilient," Archambeau said. "She is doing fantastic things and she followed the game plan we had. She commanded the circle and kept the runs off the board."

Lebanon continued to tack on runs, scoring in every inning.

Morgan Stofer hit an RBI-double in the second inning, and Lebanon scored three in the third on RBI-singles from Haylee Holloman and Miley Wilhoite, along with a Stofer ground out.

Piper Sharkey added an RBI single in the fourth, before a 2-run single from Miller and an RBI-single from Blount ended the game.

"All winter we talk about 'proper aggression' and how it will lead to great things," Archambeau said. "At the end of the day, it's on our opponents to get us out. Our job is to run and scored, and their job is to step us. Today we were properly aggressive and did our job."

Blount and Wilhoite each had two hits for the the Tigers, while six others recorded a hit.

Lebanon tops Guerin Catholic

The Tigers made it 2-for-2 in the opening week with an 18-7 win over Guerin Catholic.

After Guerin scored six runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-5 lead, the Tigers took the lead for good with a three-run fourth when MacKenzie Carey hit a single with two on and all three runners scored on an error.

The Tigers added five runs in both the six and seventh to build a comfortable lead.

Carey and Hannah Wilborn went 4-for-5 with three runs scored each. Robison went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Addy Zell and Morgan Stofer each had two hits.

Stofer and Krryn Miller scored three runs each. Miller struck out seven in seven innings.

The Tigers host Bethesda Christian on Thursday.

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