Junior Lady Cyclones cannot hold lead, fall to Lady Hawks in walk-off

Published 12:29 pm Thursday, April 18, 2024

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By Ron Marvel

Star Correspondent

It came down to the final inning Wednesday night, but the TA Dugger Lady Cyclones fell to the Indian Trail Lady Hawks 5-4 in walk-off fashion, as the Hawks would hit a double in the final frame to plate the winning run.

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TA Dugger would get on the board early thanks to a second-inning double by Katie Wilson, she would be moved to third base after Kaity Gryder singled off a hard ball to second. Wilson would then smartly hustle home on a soft ground ball to the pitcher to give the Jr. Lady Cyclones a 1-0 lead. The Jr. Lady Cyclones would extend their lead to 4-0; fueled by a walk by Natalie Witten and then three base hits by Cami Dugger, Graci Shepherd, and Laci Gobble.

The Hawks would get on the board in the bottom of the third taking advantage of a couple of TA Dugger errors sandwiched around a Hawks triple to make the score 4-3. The Jr. Lady Cyclones would look to respond in the top of the fourth, but a promising start would be extinguished after a line-drive double play. Indian Trail would tie things up in the bottom of the fourth; with two out and two strikes, Ryleigh Carter would deliver a base hit to plate the tying run and make it four all.

Indian Trail would threaten again in the bottom of the fifth but with runners at second and third; Laci Gobble would strike out two batters to get out of the jam. After a quiet sixth inning by the Jr. Lady Cyclones. The Hawks would get runners on with back-to-back singles before the decisive double would end the game.

Laci Gobble would finish with two hits Madison Barnett would also pick up a hit in the game. Gobble took the hard-luck loss in the game she would go six innings giving up just one earned run off five hits while striking out eight. Post-game head coach Taylor Shanks talked about what she needs to see out of her squad with the tournament looming “I see improvement every day, I think this is going to come down to grit when you have errors you have to bear down, and just focus on getting the next out, you can’t get in your heads and get down” Shanks shared.

The (5-6) TA Dugger softball team will next travel to Greenville for a Friday night game at 5 pm.