With the regular season winding down, Sweet Water got a strong performance from Thea Luker Monday in a 6-0 shutout of Southern Choctaw. Luker held the SCHS batters at bay for seven innings, striking out nine while scattering five hits and issuing one walk. Luker allowed more than one base runner in an inning only once in the game while needing only 92 pitches to navigate all seven innings.
Sweet Water staked Luker to a lead in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run rally. Sara Irvin opened with a leadoff double. Lindsay Davis followed with a single to right to score Irvin for the 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Natalie Luker drove home Davis for a 2-0 advantage. BreAnna Ramsey came on to run for Luker, later scoring on an error for the 3-0 lead.
Irvin got things started again in the bottom of the second when she singled before scoring after a double from Davis to move the advantage to 4-0.
The score stayed there until the bottom of the sixth when Elaina Mitchell singled and Irvin stroked a two-run homer to left to cap the offensive output.
Irvin’s 3-for-4 day moved her season average to .532 to go along with four homers and 30 RBIs.
Sweet Water moves to 17-17 with the win.