SP girls rally past Waverly

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2001

SOUTH POINT – Being the top-seeded team doesn’t mean every game will be easy.

Thursday, May 03, 2001

SOUTH POINT – Being the top-seeded team doesn’t mean every game will be easy. Wednesday’s Division II sectional tournament game was proof enough for the South Point Lady Pointers.

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The Lady Pointers had to rally in the late innings to beat the Waverly Lady Tigers 4-2 in the opening round of the sectional tournament.

"Their pitcher didn’t throw very hard and it took a while before we finally started to time her up," Lady Pointers assistant coach Danny Layne said. "We didn’t play that well, but we still manage to get the win and that’s the most important thing."

South Point, 18-2, will play in the sectional finals at 5 p.m. next Wednesday at home against Jackson.

Waverly scored twice in the first inning and the lead held up until the bottom of the fifth when the Lady Pointers tied the game.

South Point pushed across two more runs in the sixth inning to get the win.

Tara Layne went the distance and allowed six hits as she picked up the win.

The Lady Pointers had eight hits with Sarah Baise going 3-for-3 and Ashley Leighty 2-for-3 to lead the offense. Whitney Morrison and Brandi Thacker each doubled while Nikki Layne, Jessica Shockley, and Thacker all drove in runs.

South Point hosts Fairland at 5 p.m. Thursday in a game that could decide the Ohio Valley Conference championship.

Fairland needs a win to gain a tie for first place. South Point needs a win to take a two-game lead in the race and virtually lock up at least a share of the title.

Waverly 200 000 0 – 2 6 0

Waverly 000 022 x – 4 8 0

Dutcher and Kellough. Tara Layne and Sarah Baise. W-Layne. L-Dutcher. 2B-South Point: Ashley Leighty, Whitney Morrison. 3B-South Point: Brandi Thacker. Hitting-Waverly: Kellough 3-3; South Point: Sarah Baise 3-3, Ashley Leighty 2-3.