Louisa softball leans on Tyler’s pitching, early offense to beat Fluvanna


Louisa County softball left little doubt that the Lions are Jefferson District contenders this season by bouncing back from a narrow loss to Orange this week with a 9-0 victory over Fluvanna Thursday night. The Lions dominanted, with a first inning, two-run home run by Jerri Lynn Shull leading an offensive assault. 


The Lions have a total of seven seniors on the team this season including senior Brierra Tyler. Tyler threw a complete game for the first time in her career and clamped down on the Flucos, allowing just a pair of hits while striking out eight and walking just one.


“Bri [Tyler] has never pitched seven innings before, so we just wanted to see what she was capable of and she got the job done,” said Louisa coach Susan Sharpe. 


In the bottom of the sixth, the Flucos strung together a couple of base hits, and Fluvanna getting on the board was starting to look promising. Tyler and the defense snuffed out the potential rally though, forcing a ground out to end the threat. 


Louisa Softball was more than prepared for their game last night, as they took down the Flucos, and the offense bounced back from getting shut out by Orange in a 1-0 defeat earlier this week.


“We have practiced a lot on hitting,” said Sharpe. “They enjoy hitting so we try to make it fun for them. We work on the fundamentals everyday, just the little stuff. It is so important.”


Savannah Bragg was taking care of the little stuff with a 2-for-2 night with an RBI, a triple and two runs. Emily Hall was also locked in with a 2-for-4 night with two RBI, a doubleand a pair of runs scored. Olivia Chenault also had a triple and Shull finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBI including the two-run homer.


The Lions may have a lot of seniors in the lineup, but they’re built to contend in the Jefferson for a few years to come. 


“We have a strong senior group, but we also have a lot of strong juniors. The two who are on the field now that aren’t seniors are a sophomore and a freshman,” said Sharpe. 


The Lions will square off with Albemarle Thursday while Fluvanna will look to regroup against the Patriots on Tuesday before travelling to Monticello Thursday.