WILLIAMSON — Chloe Treadway used her arm and her bat to lead Sherman to a 5-1 win over Class A sectional foe Tug Valley on April 15.
Treadway gave up just four hits, one earned run and fanned five Lady Panther batters, belting a home run and driving in a pair of runs for coach Jim Henderson’s squad.
Sherman (4-0) was coming off of a double-header sweep of Midland Trail, where Treadway belted a grand slam.
With the game knotted at zero going into the fifth frame, Sherman’s bats came to life.
With a walk from Lauren Guthrie, a base hit from Chelsey Thompson and ground out from Hailea Skeens forced in a run for Sherman to break the ice.
Up 1-0 going into the top of the seventh inning, Kenzi Rinchich walked, Guthrie reached on a fielding error and Skeens mashed a double to plate two runs.
Treadway followed with a two-run blast that energized the Lady Tide faithful who traveled with the team.
“That gave us breathing room,” added Henderson. “Chloe pitched well for us and the girls got some timely hits.”
Treadway had given up just one hit over six innings but in the seventh, the Lady Panthers got three-straight hits highlighted by an RBI double from Kaitlyn Copley.
It would be all that Tug Valley (3-1) would muster at the plate off of the Sherman hurler on this day.
“We are laying well early and we do lack some varsity experience, but we are very talented,” Henderson added. “We’ve done what we’ve had to and won games. Treadway is really beginning to hit her spots consistently. I look for her to get stronger in that regard as the season progresses.”
Henderson added, “Tug Valley is a tough sectional opponent with both pitchers pitching well and both teams playing well defensively. Fortunately, we found our swing in that seventh inning.”
Autumn Hall was on the hill for Tug Valley and she gave up just six hits, four walks and fanned eight Lady Tidesters over seven innings.
“She is a good pitcher,” said Henderson. “Those early innings in particular were tough against her.”
Sherman hitting — Guthrie 1-for-3 2B 2 runs, Thompson 1-for-4, Skeens 1-for-3 3 RBIs 2B 1 run, Treadway 2-for-3 HR 2 RBIs 1 run, Lewis 1-for-4, Rinchich 1 run
Tug Valley hitting — Justice 1-3 2B 1 run, Copley 1-for-3 RBI, Muncey 1-for-3 2B, Wellman 1-for-3
Sherman pitching — Treadway 7 innings, 5 SO, 4 hits, 1 ER
Tug Valley Pitching — Hall 7 innings, 8 SO, 6 hits, 4 BB