By Mac McLeod,
When she was younger, Sabrina Garrett had an edge that not all ball players her age have. She had an older brother who was a good baseball player and the two would spend hours playing ball with each other.
“Tyler taught me a lot,” Sabrina admitted. “He really taught me things I could have never gotten on my own, and I appreciate that. Now, things are not necessarily easier, but I know more of what to expect now and how to handle a lot of situations had we not spent all those hours practicing together.”
Last week, a lot of what Tyler Garrett showed his sister really paid off as Sabrina and her teammates played four games, won three, and Garrett herself pitched a no-hitter.
“It was a very good week for us,” senior Jena Harris explained. “Last week, we won three games and we were consistent, and that’s what we have not had a lot of this season. Now that we’re down to going to the playoffs, it’s important we get consistent hitting, and not making errors. We’re having fun, but we’re also winning.”
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats opened last week’s action with an 11-5 win over Clay County then hit the ground hard against Upperman, losing 14-4 in a district match. On Thursday, the Lady Cats bounced back, taking a double-header from district foe Smith County, winning the opener 11-0 behind the no-hit pitching of Garrett, then stormed over the Lady Owls in the nightcap, 23-2. Garrett was also the winning pitcher in that contest.
On the week, Garrett was the pitcher of record in all four games, winning three and losing only one. She gave up 16 hits and only 9 runs while in the pitching circle. Jordan Key and Leah Kate Clark were the relief pitchers in three of the games.
“That says a lot about my teammates,” the freshman pointed out. “When you’re the winning pitcher, whether it’s a no-hitter or any other, it’s a total team effort. The defense has to be flawless and the offense has to score. I like being the winning pitcher, but my teammates get the credit.”
Livingston hosted Clay County last Tuesday, scored four runs in the first inning, seven more in the second, then held off a Clay County comeback in the third and fourth innings for the win. Harris opened the scoring after drawing a walk, followed by a hit from Key. Abby Stevens scored in the inning as did Jazlyn Flowers.
Livingston sealed the win in the second with 7 runs, including scores from Stevens, Flowers, Harris, Addie Brown, and Clark. On the day, Stevens had a pair of hits, Flowers led the attack with three, Harris and Brylee Abbott each had one, while Key and Ashton Jenkins each had two.
Garrett was the winning pitcher, giving up four hits and two runs. Clark did the relief work, giving up three harmless hits and two runs.
Wednesday’s game with Upperman was a make-up affair and nothing went right for LA right from the start. The Lady Bees scored a run in the first, eight in the third and five in the fourth. Upperman had two smashing home runs in its attack.
Meanwhile, Livingston got its runs in the fourth with Key, Brown, Emma Dulworth, and Clark each scoring. Stevens and Brown each had a pair of hits while Key and Harris each had one hit.
That set up the doubleheader on Friday with Smith County, and everything fell in place. Good pitching, outstanding hitting, and almost flawless fielding made it all look easy for the Lady Cats.
In the first game, Garrett issued no hits, no walks, and had four strikeouts en route to the 11-0 win. Offensively, Livingston sent 22 batters to the plate in the four-inning game and collected 11 hits. Flowers, Sydney Moffitt, and Dulworth all had a pair of hits while Key, Stevens, Abbott, Brown, and Clark each had one. Stevens would drive in three runs on the afternoon while Brown had two rbi as did Clark.
“We thought that was a fun game,” Moffitt smiled, “but that was just the start. The second game was really fun, and also it was good in a productive way in that we saw we could hit the ball and play heads-up as well.”
In the nightcap, neither team scored in the opening inning, but in the second, LA rolled out seven, then added six more in the third and capped the rout with 10 in the fourth. Smith County got its only two runs in the third.
At the plate, Livingston hitters had a field day blasting out 22 hits to score the 23 runs. Key, Harris, Brown, and Moffitt were a perfect 3 for 3 while Dulworth was 3 for 4. Brown had the big day, going to bat three times, she had 3 hits, scored 2 runs and drove in 5 more. Harris had 3 rbi as did Key while Maddy Gaw, Avary Butler, Dulworth, and Clark all drove in a pair of runs. Abby Swallows, Abbott, and Moffitt each drove in one.
It appeared that Garrett was going for a second no-hitter, pitching three and 2/3 innings, giving up only two hits and no runs. Clark came on in relief and gave up the other two runs and the two Lady Owl runs.
Watertown will come to Livingston today, Tuesday, April 27 for the final regular season game and it will also be Senior Night when Key, Brown, Harris, and Stevens will be recognized.