Lady Hilltoppers stun Chase
The R-S Central softball team scored four runs in the seventh inning as they stunned county rival Chase 8-5 in softball action Tuesday.
Trailing 5-4 going into their final at bat, the Lady Toppers sent eight batters to the plate in the decisive frame that helps them stay in playoff contention.
“This is a huge win for us,” said Central head coach Melvin Digh. “Beating a quality team like Chase is a huge boost for us. I told the team if we hit like this the rest of the year, there’s not a team on our schedule we can’t beat.”
“I want to congratulate Central on the win,” said Chase head coach Daniel Bailey. “They wanted it more than we did tonight and it showed. They got the big hits and we didn’t. They deserve the win.”
After Central( 4-10, 3-5) went in order in the top of the first, Chase (9-4,v5-3) got a leadoff double off the centerfield wall. She scored two batters later when Taylor Beam dropped a throw to first. Central got that run right back in the second when Makayla Crawford crossed home plate on a passed ball.
The back and forth nature of the contest continued as Chase mounted a two-out rally. Avery Wilson lined a double down the right field line and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Both pitchers settled down from that point as Shelby Smith and Dakota Reid made quick work of the opposing lineup in the third.
The Lady Trojans went back to work in the bottom of the fourth. Miranda Loving bounced a one out single up the middle. After she was bunted to second, Brown and Reid hit back-to-back doubles to make the tally 4-1.
The Lady Hilltoppers roared back to tie the game in the top of the sixth. Katie McEntire led off the frame with a single.
Crawford chased her home with a single one batter latter, but the big blow came off the of the bat of Taylor Beam who blooped a two-run single over the shortstop to tie the game at 4-4.
Chase took the lead back when Loving led off with a double and scored on a groundout by Reid.
Central exploded for four runs in their last at bat. Smith led off with a single and scored on a double by McEntire. McEntire was thrown out trying to go to third on a close play for the first out with the game tied at 5-5.
Consecutive doubles by Brandy Whitener and Crawford gave the visitors their first lead of the game at 6-5.
Then Crain stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run homer over the center field fence to and insurance and put Central up 8-5.
Crain then took the circle in relief of Smith and sat the middle of the Chase lineup down in order to preserve the win.
Central returns to action Friday as they host host Freedom while Chase welcomes Burns. Each game is set for 4:30 p.m.