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Lauren Stringer can add 13 to her career strikeout total.

Prior to Taylorsville’s contest Monday night, the right-armed fast-pitch hurler was honored for eclipsing the 1,000 mark in total strikeouts pitched. She surpassed the four-digit number in her team’s 1-0 win over Smith County foe Raleigh last Saturday.

Stringer fanned 13 more Monday night against Clarkdale as Taylorsville remained unbeaten in Region 5-2A with its 7-3 win. The Lady Tartars improve to 10-1 on the season and 3-0 in 5-2A.

“Lauren had a good night,” said Taylorsville head softball coach Mason Grissom. “She located the ball well. She struggled at the end a little, but like always she found a way to get through it. She’s just a special player. I can’t say enough good things about her.”

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Adding 13 on Monday night, the senior hurler has 1,021 total strikeouts pitched as a Lady Tartar. Stringer had fifth innings with multiple strikeouts, including three in the second inning after issuing a leadoff walk.

The final two innings were a sloppy display defensively for the defending Class 2A fast-pitch state champs. Clarkdale scored three-runs in the sixth inning on multiple Taylorsville errors in the field to avoid the shutout on the road.

 

 

“I was very proud of us for five innings,” said Grissom. “I thought we hit the ball well, played good defense and pitched the ball well. But in inning six and seven, we were not too good. And that is what I preached to our team. We have got to learn to finish ball games. And that is where we are at right now. We start out good, but we’ve got to finish.”

Taylorsville stranded three runners in scoring position after the first two innings but found a way to get going in the third and fourth inning. Four runs crossed the plate in the third, thanks in part to two walks issued by Clarkdale, along with multiple errors in the field, and an RBI single by Emma Rankin.

Stringer highlighted a three-run fourth with a two-run double down the left field line to give the Lady Tartars a 7-0 lead. She led Taylorsville at the plate with two hits, including a single in the sixth.

Emma Kennedy, Keelyn Blakeney, and Emma Rankin finished with one hit apiece.

Taylorsville’s next Region 5-2A contest is scheduled for Thursday night at home against Bay Springs.

“When you play these district games, it’s important to get that first win from all of them,” said Grissom. “It gives you confidence moving forward. For us, we’ve played all of ours at home so far. And that’s big, but now we have to go on the road and finish.”