Lady Rams Down Alice Lloyd 12-0

April 19, 2010 | RSS


Bluefield Daily Telegraph


BLUEFIELD, Va. — It’s been a tough few seasons for the Bluefield College Lady Rams on the diamond.


Alexa Carter sees that changing soon. She just won’t be there to see it.


“It is growing, it will be blooming,” said Carter, a junior, who won’t play next season while taking an internship. “It will be good.”


Carter and the Lady Rams defeated Alice Lloyd 12-0 in the first of two games on Friday at Graham Recreation Park, giving Bluefield three wins over the Eagles this season.


No report was received on the second game of the twinbill.


“It does feel good,” Carter said. “It makes you come together as a team and realize you can play together and achieve good things.”


Danielle Furniss tossed a two-hitter, while tying a career high with nine strikeouts for Bluefield. The Rams (7-20) tallied four runs in the second inning, and eight more in the fourth.


“I just told the girls to have fun and do some things that we normally don’t get to do and just work on the things that we want to get better at,” Bluefield head coach Charolette Shelton said. “They did that.


“It is always fun to win, but doing the things that you don’t normally do is even better when we can do it.”


Whitney Sparks led Bluefield’s eight-hit attack with two singles and two runs scored. Lindsey Sizemore contributed an RBI double, and Amber MacDonald added a pinch-hit two-run single. The Rams also received RBI base hits from Furniss, Lindsey Palmer and Heather Thomas.


Furniss, who allowed singles to Melissa May and Kendra Thomas, has been sharing the pitching duties this season with Carter. Lindsey Lester, a standout for four seasons at Richlands, had been expected to star for Bluefield, but she tore her ACL in the season’s first game, and won’t return until 2011.


“They have split the time between Danielle and Alexa, they are both very strong, they work hard,” Shelton said. “Today Danielle tied her career high in strikeouts with nine.


“Alexa, she works hard, she’s not quite as fast, but she still is effective.”


A single by Sparks was Bluefield’s lone hit in the four-run second, and the Rams had seven hits in the fourth against the Eagles, which committed numerous errors and played very much like their 1-26 record.


Meanwhile, between games, three Bluefield players were honored, all of whom are playing their final seasons for the Rams. Carter is joined by Lyndsey Barton as juniors who will be busy with schooling next spring, while Palmer will graduate two years after transferring from Liberty University.


Even though Bluefield does have three home dates remaining next week, the Rams decided to go ahead and recognize them on what was a windy, but sunny and comfortable afternoon.


“This is going to be kind of their senior day, their last year they get to play,” Shelton said. “All three of them have been starters and they’ve all been great assets in the classroom, as well as here on the field.


“It’s going to be three people that will be hard to replace.”


Carter, a product of James Monroe, will take many memories with her after this season comes to an end. That’s good, since the Rams have struggled on the diamond, combining for just 20 wins over the last five years.


“Oh absolutely, I’m going to miss it so much,” said Carter, who is working toward a career in juvenile probation. “You keep coming back for the people, absolutely, this is a good group of girls...


“My favorite part is the road trips and being with the girls, that is always fun.”


Shelton thinks the group that returns — which includes three sophomores and 11 freshmen — will be able to finally stop the rebuilding and start winning in ‘11.


“Next year I believe we will turn a lot of heads,” Shelton said.


“We don’t have the wins to show it in conference play this year, but we have had some close games.


“Next year I think it will be great. We’ll have Lindsey Lester back, she will be pitching for us...We’ll be strong next year for sure.”


Right now there is still this year. The Rams hope there are more wins to come, starting Monday with a twinbill against West Virginia Tech. The AAC tourney also starts on April 27 in Kingsport, Tenn.


“We’re looking for at least four or five more wins here before the season ends, we want to finish strong,” Shelton said.


“We keep saying we’re building, but next year we should be better.”