CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If there truly is a first time for everything, the Lincoln County and Herbert Hoover softball teams experienced that in one pitch on Thursday night at Falling Rock's Michael D. Chandler Field.
Lincoln County sophomore designated player Megan Tully hit her first varsity home run for the Panthers, which also was the first one surrendered by Hoover sophomore pitcher Allison Rager, and the game winner, in the Panthers' 2-0 victory.
In a scoreless game in the third inning, Tully, Lincoln County's No. 9 hitter, drilled a Rager offering well over the left-center field fence to give the Panthers the game's first run.
"It was pretty big because we only scored two runs," Tully said. "After I touched first base and rounded it, I knew it went over. I was pretty excited because it was my first one in varsity."
Lincoln County Coach Rod Hoover understood the significance of the homer.
"That was huge, especially when you get a shot like that from your No. 9 hitter," he said. "Top to bottom, we have power all the way throughout our lineup. She's not a No. 9 hitter on most teams."
Hoover had a conversation with Tully right before her home run that seemed to help his sophomore designated player.
"Right before she went up, I told her they think you're a nine hitter and you're going to see some pitches," Hoover said. "She stepped up and put a good shot on one."
Huskies Coach Missy Smith realized they weren't facing a typical No. 9 hitter.