Bulldogs pick up big win over county rival Warriors

Published 5:07 pm Friday, April 21, 2023

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By Ron Marvel
Star Correspondent
The Lady Bulldogs program is starting to see its hard work pay off. Thursday night, they picked up a big 5-2 win over county rival Happy Valley. Though the Warriors would outhit the Bulldogs 8-6, the Lady Bulldogs were able to take advantage of their opportunities, while the Lady Warriors could not get a base hit when they needed it the most, leaving a total of 11 baserunners on. To the Bulldogs’ credit, they would make the defensive plays when needed to extinguish the Warriors scoring threats.
The Bulldogs would jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, putting together three hits; Rachel Fair would get a base knock in the first to plate Abbie Lunsford and Briley Davis; Mallory Lamb would then score on a sac-fly off the bat of Cheyenne Fair. The Warriors would answer with a run in the top of the second as Reagan Street would hit a double and then score off the bat of Natalie Cline. The Warriors would get another one back in the top of the fifth as Ella Marvel would scoot home and beat a play at the plate. Makayla Miller would hit a ball to deep right center to make it 3-2.
Just when the Warriors were picking up steam, the Bulldogs would pick up a couple of runs of their own. Briley Davis would take first after getting hit by a pitch and then steal second and after a Lunsford groundball, she would advance to third and then score on a sac fly to shallow center field. The Lady Bulldogs would then score again in the bottom of the sixth. Once again Ryleigh Nickles would take first as she would be hit by a pitch, stole second and advance to third on a wild pitch. The Lady Bulldogs would display great execution once again as Briley Davis would hit another sac-fly to center to score Nickles to make it 5-2.
The Warriors would bring the tying batter to the plate in the bottom of the seventh after Street hit a single and Miller knocked a double. But a slow roller to second would beat out the runner by a step to end the game.
For the Warriors, Street would go 4-4 on the day, while Miller and Marvel would each add two hits. Freshmen Trinity Bowers would go the distance for the Warriors, giving up five runs and six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. For the Bulldogs, Rachel Fair would go 2-3 with 2 RBI’s while Nickles, Davis, Lunsford and Fair would chip in base hits. Fair, who would pick up the win, would combine with Davis and have a strong outing off the mound giving up just two runs and two walks while striking out three.

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