Softball Claims First Series Over Lehigh in 27 Years

CDT Taylor Drayton '21The Army West Point Softball Team picked up a 5-3 victory over Lehigh to secure its first series victory over the Mountain Hawks since 1992 on Sunday morning at Leadership Park. Yearling Taylor Drayton led the Black Knights with her third multi-hit effort of the weekend, while second-year Grace Mattimore tied the Clayton, N.C., native with two RBI in the game. Yearling Ally Snelling also reached base in three of her four plate appearances. In the circle, cow Macey Newbary was a force for the Cadets once again, scattering five hits over six innings of shutout ball.

The Missoula, Mont., native finished the weekend without allowing a run in 12.1 innings of work and allowed just eight hits and two free passes. Army broke the scoreless tie in the first inning when Drayton blooped a single toward the second base bag that scored Ashley Yoo from third. Mattimore added to the lead with a two-run single with the bases loaded which chased Lehigh starter Parker Boyd from the circle with one out in the opening frame. The home side answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Both sides strengthened their defensive efforts over the next four innings until a sacrifice fly from Yoo plated Jolie Duong to put Army back in the lead, 4-3, in the top of the sixth. The Black Knights added an insurance run in the seventh inning to seal the victory on an RBI single by Drayton that scored Megan Muffett who led off with a double. Read more.

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