Thursday, August 31, 2006
Lady Indians down Charleston
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Indians faced the Charleston Tigers on Tuesday in Byhalia for their fifth slow pitch softball game of the season.
They took the field first and led off with Heather Howard on the hill. The hurler allowed one run off two hits, scored on a sacrifice when Jessica Garrison tagged a Lady Tiger trying for second. The Tigers were retired one batter later.
The Lady Tigers sent Nikki Hicks to the mound to face Amber Kimbrough.
They put one run in before going out.
Hicks was working on two outs when she stroked a triple to center field.
A subsequent Byhalia error at first gave the Tigers another run. They loaded the bases but the big scoring threat ended with a pop- out to second.
The Lady Indians didn’t score in the bottom of the second; however, their opponents added one and then another in the top of the third before they were shut down.
The Lady Indians had battled back and had the go-ahead run on first when Garrison popped out to right field.
But on defense they held the Lady Tigers, missing one double play but turning another for outs two and three.
Byhalia scored and Lashauna Blackwood and Brandy Howard got successive hits. Loaded bases put pressure on the Tigers’ hurler.
She walked Chasidy Kizer to go ahead. The bases were still loaded but a fly was caught by the Tigers after Byhalia had scored a cushion run.
Charleston had one last chance in the top of the seventh, but Garrison picked up a grounded single, sent it home to kill the scoring threat and turn the last out.
Byhalia gave the Lady Tigers their first defeat at 6-4.
Head coach Gaylon Jones, who was backed up by Bubba Brown (head coach of the baseball Indians), commended his players for their perseverance.
“They stayed in it all the way,” he said. “Even when they were behind, they were looking for the big play that would turn the game around.”
The Lady Indians had games scheduled for East Union on August 24 and Charleston on August 29, both away. They host Falkner Thursday, Aug. 31, at 4:30 p.m.
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