Lady Pointers rally by Chesapeake in slugfest

Published 3:32 am Thursday, April 7, 2011


Tribune Sports Editor

SOUTH POINT — It appears as if there is a pattern developing this season for the South Point Lady Pointers.

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In yet another comeback effort, the Lady Pointers rallied from nine runs down early to edge the Chesapeake Lady Panthers 13-12 Wednesday in eight innings of an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“For a while I was worried that we were going to get mercied. It was definitely a slow start for us,” said Lady Pointers’ coach Tara Layne.

“But then again, three of our wins all ready have been come-from-behind, so I should learn to expect this from my team.”

South Point (4-1, 1-0) trailed 9-0 going into the bottom of the third inning before beginning their comeback.

The Lady Panthers (0-4, 0-1) got seven of their 11 hits in the first two innings.

Myky Harmon, Macie Allen and Ali Ransbottom had RBI singles and Anna Mayo grounded out to score a run as Chesapeake took a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Chesapeake went up 8-0 in the second on two errors and RBI doubles by Caitilyn Heffner and Allen.

Each team got a run in the third inning and it was 9-1. South Point then scored twice in the fourth to trail 9-3.

After Chesapeake got two runs in the top of the fifth to lead 11-3, South Point scored five runs in the bottom of the inning RBI singles by Hannah Carey and Brianna Whaley.

Kayla Fletcher had a two-run triple and Andrea Kleinman drew a bases loaded walk to force in a run.

The Lady Panthers scored their final run in the top of the sixth for a 12-8 lead only to have South Point rally and tie the game in the bottom of the inning keyed by RBI singles by Fletcher and Katelynn Leonard.

Fletcher drew a one-out walk to get the winning rally started in the eighth. She stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on Goodall’s hit into the gap in left-center.

Fletcher, Leonard and Goodall each went 2-5 as South Point had nine hits.

Sarah Rice was 3-6 to pace the Lady Panthers. Heffner and Allen each had two hits with a double.

The Lady Pointers took advantage of 13 walks but they were guilty of 11 errors.

Chesapeake 441 021 00 = 12 11 3

South Point 001 254 01 = 13 9 11

Sarah Rice and Caitilyn Heffner. Rachel Murnahan and Andrea Kleinman. W-Murnahan (K-1, BB-1). L-Rice (K-10, BB-13). 2B-Chesapeake: Caitilyn Heffner, Macie Allen; South Point: Ashley Goodall, Rachel Murnahan. 3B-South Point: Kayla Fletcher, Katelynn Leonard. Hitting-Chesapeake: Sarah Rice 3-6, Caitilyn Heffner 2-4, Macie Allen 2-5, Sarah Mayo 1-5, Myky Harmon 1-5, Jordan Porter 1-4, Ali Ransbottom 1-5; South Point: Kayla Fletcher 2-5, Katelynn Leonard 2-5, Ashley Goodall 2-5, Brianna Whaley 1-3, Rachel Murnahan 1-4, Hannah Carey 1-5.