Man's Morgan Cooper is greeted by teammates after Cooper hit the first of two home runs in the first inning of a game between Man and Sherman on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at the Man High School Softball Complex (Photo courtesy of Mandi Cooper).
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MAN Morgan Cooper allowed just one hit and struck out 15 to lead Class A No. 9 Man to a 7-0 victory over Mingo Central on Tuesday at the Man High School Softball Complex.
Cooper retired the first nine batters she faced, striking out eight of the nine, before Annie White singled to lead off the fourth inning for Mingo Central.
Mack Hammond, the only other Mingo Central batter to reach base, drew a leadoff walk in the fifth inning, but Cooper retired the next nine batters in order for her second one-hitter of the season and 15th of her career.
Five different players recorded one hit for the Lady Hillbillies. Jacklynn Barnett was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI. Trista Marcum was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Kylie Blevins 1-for-4 with one run driven in for Man.
Mattie Carroll finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored, Cooper went 1-for-3 and Peyton Lusk one RBI in the eighth victory of the season for the Lady Hillbillies.
Man scored two runs in the second inning on a Mingo Central fielding error and plated five runs in the sixth inning.
Cooper scored on a passed ball to give Man a 3-0 lead to start the sixth inning. Barnett followed with an RBI double to plate Carroll making it 4-0.
Barnett came around to score on Lusk's sacrifice fly putting Man in front 5-0 and Trista Marcum scored on an error off a sacrifice bunt by Kalilla Collins for a 6-0 lead. Blevins sacrifice fly plated Zoey Jackson to close out the sixth inning scoring outburst for Man.
Mingo Central (9-12) starting pitcher Aubrey Plummer allowed seven runs - two earned - on five hits while striking out two and walking one in the loss.
Cooper hasn't allowed a run in her 28 innings pitched for Man (8-3), who has won four straight games since a 5-0 loss to Chapmanville on March 10. In those four games, Cooper has struck out 62, walked four and allowed just seven hits.
The Lady Hillbillies have outscored the opposition 17-0 in its last four games.