As a result, it comes as little surprise the Lady Phoenix were able to score in each of those innings and exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning on their way to an 11-2 victory over the Lady Tigers.
“It really came apart in the beginning,” Adairsville head coach Kandace Bruno. “We made errors early. They just weren’t able to capitalize on them as much as they should have early on. If you make your pitcher throw that many more pitches than she should because you’re giving away outs, of course, eventually she’s going to run out of gas.”
Adairsville held Sonoraville scoreless through the first two innings. However, an error on a groundball to Sonoraville’s No. 9 hitter to lead off the third inning would come back to bite the Lady Tigers. During the next at bat, a sacrifice bunt attempt turned into an infield single, and another weakly hit infield single loaded the bases. Sonoraville’s Abby Connally then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the first run of the game. Kendall Bowman, who reached base on the error, was the base runner who scored.
After Adairsville freshman pitcher Loren Harris induced a pop out to catcher Emily Collum, Sonoraville’s Baylee Blaylock singled to drive in the second run of the game with two outs in the third inning.
Sonoraville would tack on another unearned run in the third inning and scored the first earned run of the game in the fifth.
Adairsville cut into Sonoraville’s lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when freshman Kinsey Boswell singled and stole second base. Boswell would come around to score as the next batter, Collum, doubled into the left center field gap. It was Collum’s third hit of the game.
“[Collum] is really swinging a hot stick right now and she’s been very coachable,” Bruno said. “I’ve seen a lot of in-at bat adjustments that she’s made and it shows. When you do those things then the numbers show.”
Collum’s big day would not be enough, however, as another error led to a big inning for Sonoraville in the sixth. The Lady Phoenix sent 11 runners to the plate, only needing three hits to accumulate seven runs. Four of the runs were unearned. In total, Harris gave up just three earned runs in the game.
With the score 11-1 after 5 1/2 innings of play, Adairsville had its best offensive frame in the bottom of the sixth. Morgan Creel led off with a double and would later score on Taylor Gibbs’ double.
The game would end after the sixth because of the run rule, and Adairsville took a lopsided loss because of the errors, despite only being out-hit 10-8.
The Lady Tigers will have a chance to bounce back on a short turnaround as the play again today against Coahulla Creek.
“We definitely have something to build off of and we’ll always have something to build off of. It’s just matter of when we start building on them,” Bruno said. “I tell them I don’t care what they do as long as they get better, so if we come out better tomorrow then I’ll be happy, but not if we give away as many runs as we gave up today.”
Gordon Lee 8, Cass 0
Besides the third inning in Monday’s game at Gordon Lee, Cass pitcher Hannah Lee was on her way to another strong outing in what has been a strong season so far for the sophomore.
However, that third inning was a big one for the Lady Trojans as they put up six runs on their way to a victory over Cass in five innings.
The Lady Colonels committed errors in each the first, third and fifth innings. Gordon lee scored all eight of its runs in those frames.
Of those eight runs, just four were earned.
Eight was more than enough run support for the 2013 Class A pitcher of the year Emily Armour. Armour went 29-4 with a 0.77 ERA and stuck out 300 batters in 191 innings last year.
She struck out 10 Cass batters in five innings of work Monday, giving up one hit to senior Lynnsey Hollifield.
The Lady Colonels will return to region play Thursday at home against Creekview.