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Lady Knights rally late to top Lady Panthers

CHESAPEAKE — If Aaron Rice were a fisherman, he would be talking about the one that got away.

Missed plays by the Chesapeake defense helped the Cabell Midland (W.Va.) Lady Knights rally for a 6-5 win over the Lady Panthers Tuesday.

“If we make a catch here or there, we win the game,” said Chesapeake coach Aaron Rice. “We basically gave them four runs.

“But we played one of the top teams in Kentucky to a 1-1 tie in 13 innings on Monday and we had the lead and a chance to win against the No. 5 Class AAA team in West Virginia the last two days.”

Midland scored four times with Chesapeake’s help in the second inning.

Julia Hightower’s fly ball fell for a double and an error on another fly ball scored the first run. Colleen Nash singled for a run, Chelsea Carroll doubled for two more runs and Morgan Zerkle had an RBI single.

Chesapeake (13-7) got a run back in the fourth inning when Sarah Mayo singled, stole second base and scored on a throwing error.

The Lady Panthers scored five runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.

Sarah Rice singled, Allison Chapman hit into a fielder’s choice, Casey Kirk singled and Mayo had a run-scoring hit. Sidney Boyle walked and Courtney Heffner drilled a two-run double.

But Midland got two runs in the top of the seventh with two outs.

Mallory Pertee hit an 0-2 pitch for a double to score Zerkle who had singled with one out. Sydney Kaplan singled to drive in Pertee with an insurance run.

A weary Chapman took the loss as she had just one strikeout a day after pitching 13 innings and striking out 17 in a 1-1 tie with Ashland, Ky.

Cabell Midland 040 000 2 = 6 10 1

Chesapeake 000 140 0 = 5 6 3

Hanna Zappia, Kaitlyn Hanna (6) and Sydney Kaplan. Allison Chapman and Courtney Heffner. W-Hanna. L-Chapman (1-K, 0-BB). 2B-CM: Julia Hightower, Chelsea Carroll, Mallory Pertee; Chesapeake: Courtney Heffner. Hitting-CM: Morgan Zerkle 3-4, Morgan Pertee 2-4, Julia Hightower 1-3, Colleen Nash 1-3, Chelsea Carroll 1-3, Victoria Crawford 1-4, Sydney Kaplan 1-3; Chesapeake: Sarah Mayo 2-4, Sidney Boyle 1-3, Courtney Heffner 1-3, Myky Harmon 1-3, Caitlin Heffner 1-3, Sarah Rice 1-3.