Chloe Henderson (23)

Chloe Henderson (23)

NASHVILLE – The Centennial Lady Cougars came out swinging in the first inning against Lipscomb Academy on Monday. 

Centennial tallied four hits -- including a triple, which scored the game’s first run – as the Lady Cougars cruised to an 11-2 win over the Lady Mustangs. 

 “I’m very proud of the girls, the way they came out and swung the bats,” Centennial coach Jeff Serbin said. “We haven’t had a whole lot of time to go against live pitching because the weather’s been so rough, so I was really proud of the start.”

The Centennial offense powered the Lady Cougars to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Lipscomb Academy got on the board in the bottom of the first thanks to a wild pitch that scored the runner from third, closing the gap to 5-1.

However, the Lady Cougars increased their lead in the second and third innings, pushing ahead 7-1. Centennial was aggressive with its base runners, stealing three bases in the third inning alone, and six total in the game.

 “I just keep putting the pressure on the defense,” Serbin said. “If they get thrown out, then the other team has made a great play, and it’s on me. But I want to continue to be aggressive. We have pretty decent team speed and we’re going to take advantage of that.” 

The Lady Cougars also got a great game from starting pitcher Hayley Miller, who allowed just three hits and struck out four batters. Serbin was pleased to see his freshman pitcher settle into the game and allow her defense to make plays behind her.  

Centennial continued to add runs in fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach and win 11-2 in six innings.

 “I’m really proud of these girls,” Serbin said. “Last year we went 0-22, so this has been a building process, and I really think they care about each other, which goes a long way.”

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