BROWNSBORO — The Athens Lady Hornets took no prisoners in their District 14-AAA softball opener Friday night, belting the Brownsboro Bearettes for a 17-0 win in five innings.

Second-year coach Gary Qualls said the Lady Hornets (7-4-1) were ready for the test. They used an offensive attack of 17 hits and played the strongest defensive game of the season.

In the first inning both teams were a bit tentative. Going three up and three down in that frame. The second was a completely different story, chapter and book for AHS.

Junior Kalli Porter lead off with a hit by pitch, followed by Kenzi Morton with a walk. With two on and one out Kara Thompson singled to right center field and drove in two runs. After Senior Brittni Vivion flew out to deep center field, pitcher Alicia McDowell came to the plate and lined a ball to right center field scoring Thompson.

Lead-off hitter Kelsey Windham then singled in McDowell. Holly Eckert came to the plate and was intentionally walked for the second time in the game. With bases loaded and two outs, Staci Hankins stepped to the plate and doubled off the wall in left field and cleared the bases.

At the end of two, Athens had a 7-0 lead.

McDowell, a senior, held Brownsboro to no runs, four hits, and four strikeouts and was supported by the Lady Hornets bats that scored 17 runs on 17 hits and the defense played error-free ball.

The JV Lady Hornets also played Brownsboro on Friday night. Due to no other JV softball teams in district this was the district championship. The Lady Hornets earned the honor by beating the Bearettes 10-2.

AHS goes Tuesday to Bullard.

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