Lady Pointers get pressure-packed win over Lady Dragons in OVC
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
SOUTH POINT — There was enough pressure being in a 2-2 game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Brianna Whaley added a little more.
Whaley singled to start the bottom of the seventh and used her speed to put added pressure on the Fairland defense. Whaley’s baserunning caused some physical and mental mistakes as she scored on an error to lift the South Point Lady Pointers to a 3-2 win over the Lady Dragons on Monday.
After Whaley singled, Miranda Lewis struck out with Whaley stealing second base. The third strike got away but Lewis still could not run since first base was considered occupied.
But the Fairland defense made a throw to first base and Whaley continued to third. Morgan Wells then attempted a squeeze bunt and missed the pitch, but the ball got away from the catcher allowing Whaley to score the winning run.
“Neither offense was doing extremely well for either team, so it came down to who made the mistakes during the crucial times,” said Lady Pointers’ coach Tara Layne.
Fairland went up 1-0 in the first when Chelsey Stanley reached on an error, moved up on two ground outs and scored on a hit by Sashe Burcham.
South Point (13-2, 7-1) took a 2-1 lead in the third inning.
Katelyn Leonard reached on an error, Kaitlyn Brown had a sacrifice bunt, a passed ball sent Leonard to third and Ashley Goodall had an RBI single.
Goodall stole second, Andrea Kleinman was safe on a fielder’s choice and Goodall scored on an error.
Fairland tied the game in the sixth when Jaimie Phillisp singled, moved up on Kerie Napier’s sacrifice, took third on a passed ball and scored ahead of the throw home on Stormie Spitzer’s ground ball.
Burcham was 2-3 for Fairland while Whaley went 2-3 for South Point.
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Sashe Burcham and Chloe Stanley. Kaitlyn Brown and Andrea Kleinman. W-Brown (K-3, BB-2). L-Burcham (K-5, BB-3). Hitting-Fairland: Sashe Burcham 2-3, Chelsey Stanley 1-3, Jaimie Phillips 1-2, Stormie Spitzer 1-3; South Point: Ashley Goodall 1-3, Andrea Kleinman 1-3, Brianna Whaley 2-3.
Rock Hill 7, Ironton 0
PEDRO — It’s starting to come together for the Rock Hill Redwomen.
Playing their fourth game in three days, the Redwomen have hit their stride after a 7-0 win over the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers on Monday.
“We played good defense and got good pitching,” said Rock Hill coach Mary Jane Harper. “We’re playing well as a team. We’re starting to get some consistency.”
Rock Hill (13-2) snapped a scoreless tie with two runs in the third inning.
Chelsea Harper singled, Courtney Duncan walked and they moved up on a wild pitch. Brooke Hanshaw grounded out to score Harper and Duncan came home on an error.
The Redwomen got four runs in the fourth inning on just two hits.
Haylia Gannon and Damron walked, BreeAnna Depriest was hit by a pitch and Harper delivered a two-run single. Duncan then doubled home two more.
The final run scored in the sixth on a hit by Duncan and Lindy Simpson’s double.
Sami Nixon got the win as she gave up four hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Karlie Collins took the loss as she struck out nine and walked seven.
Duncan went 2-2 and Harper 2-3 as Rock Hill had eight hits.
Karlee McMackin was 2-3 for Ironton.
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Karlie Collins and Saige Fields. Sami Nixon and Brooke Eastham. W-Nixon (K-7,BB-0). L-Collins (K-9, BB-7). 2B-Ironton: Karlie Collins; RH: Courtney Duncan, Morgan Damron, Lindy Simpson. Hitting-Ironton: Karlie Collins 1-3, Nikki Elswick 1-3, Karlee McMackin 2-3; Rock Hill: Morgan Damron 1-3, Chelsea Harper 2-3, Courtney Duncan 2-2, Brooke Hanshaw 1-4, Lindy Simpson 1-1, BreeAnna Depriest 1-2.