Darkness suspends play
The Chase Lady Trojans got a reprieve Tuesday as darkness suspended action in the bottom off the fifth inning with the home team trailing Burns 7-3. The game will resume when Chase visits Lawndale on April 4.
“It’s a unique situation,” said Chase head coach Daniel Bailey. “Hopefully we will have some things worked out by then.”
One thing Chase couldn’t get worked out Tuesday was starting pitcher Dakota Reid. The junior surrendered six runs in just 1.2 innings pitched, but Bailey still has faith in his hurler.
“That’s all on me,” he said of Reid’s performance. “I rushed her back (from injury) and she just wasn’t ready to pitch yet. She will be ready soon though. Luckily, Cassidy Pinkerton came in and pitched really well. It’s always nice to have another arm you can go to.”
After Burns took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Chase threatened in the bottom half by drawing consecutive one out walks. But Maggie Robbins and Becca Hopkins struck out swinging end the threat.
Burns exploded four runs in the second with the big blow coming off the bat of Lydia Byrd. Her three-run double put the visitors up 6-0.
Chase got a run back in their next at bat. No. 8 hitter Courtney Wantuch sent a booming two out double to the fence. She was singled home by Haley Wood to cut the deficit to 6-1.
“It’s always a plus when the bottom of your lineup produce,” Bailey said. “They came up with some big hits and really got things started for us tonight.”
After the Lady Trojans gave up unearned run in the third, Chase got it right back. Robbins chased home Dakota Reid with a single.
Reliever Pinkerton then stuck out the side looking in the fourth to keep the Lady Bulldogs at bay. She finished with six strikeouts on the night.
Chase took advantage of Pinkerton’s work by striking for one more run in their final at bat of the night. Once again, Wood sparked the rally as she slapped a leadoff single to right field and scored from first on Reid’s double.
Chase then brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Erika Dover with two outs, but she grounded out to end the threat.
After a scoreless top of the fifth by Pinkerton, officials met and decided to suspend the game.
Chase returns to action Friday as they visit Shelby.