Softball: Liberty's Lexi Trail powers Lions to 7-0 shutout over Westminster

Pitching seems to come naturally for Liberty's Lexi Trail.

Trail said she's kept a consistent pitching routine and it seems to be working.


The junior had 11 strikeouts and scattered five hits in Liberty's 7-0 shutout of Westminster on Monday. Junior Ashlyn Weisgerber notched two RBIs and senior Lexi Jones had an RBI and a double in the victory.

"We came into this game knowing Westminster has always been a big opponent against us and we came in knowing this team isn't going to play us lightly," Trail said. "We did really well in warmups, we took it seriously and it went very smoothly. We fielded ground balls and it helps when your defense backs you up."

Weisgerber hit a two-run single in the first to put the Lions up 2-0. The Lions (7-1, 5-0 county) scored four in the fourth, capitalizing on a pair of Westminster errors, and sent eight batters to the plate. Jones and junior Brooke Fowlkes each drove in a run and the Lions led 6-0.

Senior Kasey Bost scored her third run of the game in the sixth thanks to an RBI single from Jones.

Liberty's defeat over the Owls marked the Lions' first errorless game this season.

"In our last two games, we played solid, clean ball and had good pitching," Lions coach Chris Szocik said. "We played well all around and they're coming together. We were making some mistakes early in the season but we seemed to iron those out and I hope we can keep it there.

"Westminster has a good pitcher and we didn't know what we would score today so we're happy it was seven."

Trail (7-1) and Maseth (4-2) are two of Carroll's leading pitchers, and Trail leads the county with 68 strikeouts. Trail, who also had a double in the win, said being successful is all about the mechanics.

"You have to get your speed early and you're a little hesitant but as the game goes on it just gets easier," she said. "We've all been doing this for so long and most of us have been playing for over 10 years so as you get older, going through the motions gets easier."

Westminster senior pitcher Emily Maseth had 14 strikeouts and junior infielder Sarah Sexton smacked a double for the Owls (4-2, 3-1). Sexton and Olivia Herman combined for four of Westminster's five hits.

"Liberty's just like any other team, no one is any different amongst the county," Owls coach Ashley Harford said. "We just go out, try to hit and have solid defense and we just didn't have that today. We didn't string together any hits at the right time."

Liberty earned its sixth straight win Monday and Szocik said he wants his girls to continue to stay relaxed and confident on the field. The Lions finish their week with county games against Winters Mill (Wednesday) and Francis Scott Key (Friday) before hosting Manchester Valley next Monday.

"The strength of our team is pitching and hitting," Szocik said. "As long as we play defense, we'll be tough to play. We've been working on that and talking about trying to do the little things and it seems to be coming together."

Liberty 200 40 1 — 7 12 0


Westminster 000 000 0 — 0 5 4

L-Lexi Trail and Meghan Jacobs; W-Emily Maseth and Olivia Herman. 2B: L-Kasey Bost, Lexi Jones; W-Sexton. 3B: Trail.