Cartersville 'clutch' in win
by Andrew B. Adler
Sep 21, 2012 | 1803 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With nightfall quickly approaching and the stadium lights shining brightly, Cartersville’s Kennedy Bailey was still wearing her shin guards as she raked the dirt surrounding home plate before coach Rick Holsomback signaled her to return to the dugout.

Being part of the Lady Purple Hurricanes’ “grounds crew” was quite a departure for the freshman catcher who minutes earlier had come through during a crucial at bat that would ultimately decide the outcome of a hard-fought softball game between Cartersville and the Adairsville Lady Tigers.

With her team down by a run, Bailey came to the plate with two outs and Hunter Irvin on second base in the bottom of the eighth inning.. With the count 2-and-2, she fouled the next pitch straight back to the screen.

What happened next dramatically turned the game around in the Lady Canes favor.

Bailey’s RBI double to right field scored Irvin with the tying run. Michaela Crowe, pinch running for Bailey, scored the winning run from second base on a throwing error, giving the Lady Canes a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Lady Tigers Thursday.

“It was a great at-bat, and at the same time, a big win for us,” said Holsomback in reference to Bailey’s game-tying hit and the Lady Canes’ seventh region victory. “She has been clutch all season long.”

Cartersville’s two-out, two-run eighth inning rally stunned an Adairsville softball team that had broken through in the top of the eighth inning with the game’s first run.

Erica Cannon scored from third base on Victoria Davis’ one-out, RBI bunt single that landed right in front of home plate.

Cannon was at second base to begin the inning as international rules went into the effect with both teams tied 0-0 after seven innings. She was sacrificed to third by Taylor Weeks.

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