SOFTBALL: England, DeSoto nearly no-hit Lemon Bay

By Steve McKay, Sun Correspondent

Brooke Kvaternick tries to tag the runner out at third but the ball skips away (Sun Photo by Tim Kern).

ENGLEWOOD — DeSoto County’s Hannah England took a no-hitter and a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night against Lemon Bay. After England retired the first two Manta Rays, Logan Johnson stepped to the plate.
“I was over there on the tee (behind the dugout) and thinking I could come up with two outs and I was working on my mechanics and I thought I’ve got to do this right and it worked out for me,” Johnson said.
Johnson hit a high hopper over England’s head that Bulldog shortstop Dekoda Johnson fielded behind second base. The ball bounced off the heel of her glove but the speedy Logan Johnson would have beaten it out even if it were fielded cleanly.
Brooke Kvaternick then hit a high fly to right field that freshman Desarae Omar misplayed. With two outs Johnson was running on contact and scored the only Manta Rays only run in the 6-1 loss.
With the win, the Bulldogs locked up the No. 1 seed for the District 5A-11 tournament with a 5-0 record as Lemon Bay fell to 3-2.
The Bulldogs jumped on starter Bailey Grossenbacher, who walked the first two batters in the game. After a long fly ball advanced the runners into scoring position, a passed ball and wild pitch gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
DeSoto County came back with four more runs in the third with the big hit coming from Alyssa Hairston’s bases-loaded triple.
Lemon Bay travels to Dunbar Friday for its final district game.
DESOTO COUNTY 6, LEMON BAY 1
DeSoto County 204 000 – 6 5 2
Lemon Bay 000 000 1 – 1 1 2
WP: Hannah England. LP: Bailey Grossenbacher. Leading hitters: (DC) Hannah England 2-3, RBI, Hairston 1-3, 3 RBI. Records: DeSoto County (9-6, 4-0), Lemon Bay (7-10, 3-2)

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