Caitlin Laycox pitched four-hit ball to lead Galena to a 4-0 victory at Douglas Thursday afternoon.
Galena (12-9 overall, 7-4 league) scored once in the fourth inning hen added three more runs in the fifth, sparked by Nicole Renner’s leadoff home run, as the Grizzlies took a lead they never relinquished against Douglas (15-6-2, 11-2).
Laycox allowed two singles in the second inning — then proceeded to retire the side thanks to a ground ball double play — to go with singles in the fourth and seventh innings. The senior right-hander, who has pitched shutouts in two of her last three games, finished with three strikeouts and no walks.
Kali Sargent pitched the distance for Douglas, allowed 10 hits to go with three strikeouts and no walks.
Allison Meyer, Leonna Mortimer, Makayla Shaver and Sargent accounted for the Tiger’s four hits. Alyssa Martinez hit 2-for-3, including a single that led to the game’s first run, Shelby Harris went 2-for-3 and Baileigh Loux 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the fifth.
Mortimer provided a highlight defensively in the top of the seventh inning when she charged a shot fall ball in left field, made the catch and threw a strike on the run to Shaver at first base to complete an inning-ending double play.
“We played good defense and Kali pitched well enough to win, we just didn’t hit the ball like we are capable of,” Douglas coach Rob Parks said. “We faced a good pitcher and a team that was very confident at the plate.”