Lithia Springs wrapped up its 2014 softball season Monday evening with a 12-3 loss to Villa Rica. The Lady Lions played well through the first three innings, and held a 3-2 lead going into the fourth.

However, The Lady Wildcats scored five runs in the fourth and added five more runs in the game for a six inning, mercy rule win.

Lithia left a runner stranded on second base in the first inning when Sierra McDowell led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a groundout.

In the second inning, Montaiya Burch hit a line drive to center for a single and stole second. She moved to third on an infield single by Sydney McCune. Payton Welch grounded out, scoring Burch.

After Hiram took a lead, Welch came up in the third inning and hit the ball to left, knocking in two runs.

McDowell pitched for the Lady Lions and was strong throughout the game. Her defense let her down late in the game, resulting in several unearned runs.

“In the top of the fourth we dropped a foul ball in the infield and had a chance to end the inning with a double play, but dropped the ball,” said coach Chris Sheperd. “Sierra threw well and threw strikes. There were just plays behind her that did not get made.”

As for the season, Sheperd was happy with how his team improved from the start to finish.

“I did not expect a winning season but I did feel like we would be able to compete in some games,” Sheperd said. “For the most part I am happy with how the season progressed. We never gave up and it was a growing experience. We started putting the ball in play later in the season and made better contact against some of our region’s best pitchers.”

McDowell and Welch, two freshman, led the team from the circle.

“Sierra got consistently better and Payton struggled trough some growing pains in her first year but I believe she will keep progressing, “Sheperd said. “We will come out better next year.”

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