Back-to-back homers power Chase past Central
Chase softball put on a power show early and R-S Central made it interesting late, but the Lady Trojans held off the Hilltoppers for a 5-4 win Friday night in Rutherfordton.
Chase’s Dakota Reid and Devyn Gowan started the game with a bang in the top of the first, literally. After Reid blasted a Makayla Crain offering over the fence, Gowan followed with a homer of her own to put Chase up early, 2-0.
“In my 14 season I think we’ve only done it twice and I’ve never seen it done against us,” Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said of the back-to-back homers.
Central cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the frame but the Lady Trojans pulled away in the fourth inning.
Gowan led off the fourth with a single to left and moved to third on an Ashley Hardin bunt to put runners on the corners.
Avery Wilson walked to load the bases but Gowan was caught at the plate on a Kayla Crowe grounder to first base.
Courtney Bomer, running for Hardin, scored on a wild pitch and Erika Dovere doubled into left-center to score Wilson and Crowe putting Chase ahead 5-1.
Crain struck out Miranda Loving to end the inning but the Trojan lead held.
Central’s Taylor Beam scored on a Brooke Owens double in the sixth inning after being hit by a Dakota Reid pitch.
Central put a scare into the Trojans in the bottom of the seventh scoring two runs to cut the Chase lead to just one, but Reid struck out Malarie Wall to preserve the 5-4 win for Chase.
“We didn’t want to be in that situation in the seventh but we needed something like that,” Bailey said. “We needed a couple things to go against us and still end up on the brighter side of things. It was big to finally finish a game.”
Reid was the winning pitcher allowing four runs on three hits while striking out six.
“We competed better tonight than we have been lately,” Central head coach Melvin Digh said after the loss. “I’m much prouder of this effort than we’ve had the last few games.”
Chase returns to action Tuesday at Burn while Central travels to Freedom. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.