Billy helps TRM softball to win over Atmore

Published 11:07am Friday, April 26, 2013

Senior day brought out the best in T.R. Miller pitcher Laurel Billy as she pitched a two-hit shutout Thursday in the regular season finale as the Lady Tigers earned 2-0 win over Escambia County.

Billy went the complete distance in the circle for the Lady Tigers and allowed two hits, no runs, walked none and struck out six.

“Laurel did a great job,” T.R. Miller head coach Greg White said. “(Dr. James Walker) talked to her in the early innings about hitting certain spots and she would get a lot of pop ups. She did that and we got a lot of pop ups. We were able to get a lot of easy outs that helped us out a little bit. She pitched one of her best games of her senior year on senior day. (Our other senior) Audrey (Hamric) did a nice job and got on base and scored one of our two runs. She made some good plays defensively. It was not one of our prettiest wins, but we kind of gutted it out and we need that. We have been struggling lately. We kind of found a way to win and I was glad of our team for finding that way. We didn’t do everything right, but we found a way to win. It is something to be said for that and I am proud of that.”

White said his team needed the win going into next week’s area tournament.

“It gives some momentum,” he said. “It kind of gives us a shot in the arm and we needed that bad. We have been going through the motions a little bit, but hopefully that will give us a little jumpstart and see what happens from there.”

In the game Thursday, T.R. Miller scored one run each in the third and fourth innings to get the win.

At the plate for the Lady Tigers, Hamric had a single and Kelsey Thompson had two singles and one RBI. Jessica Allan, Leslie Holmes and Ali Taylor all had one single each. Taylor had an RBI in the fourth inning.

T.R. Miller improved to 12-11 overall with the win. The Lady Tigers will play in their area tournament Tuesday at 2 p.m. in East Brewton.

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