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Pride triggers Lady Panthers’ win

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PROCTORVILLE — Playing the same team on back-to-back days could be cause for a letdown, but not for the Chesapeake Lady Panthers.
Chesapeake shook off any thoughts of a letdown with a 10-7 Ohio Valley Conference win over the Fairland Lady Dragons on Wednesday.
The two teams met on Tuesday in the sectional tournament with Chesapeake winning 6-0. Lady Panthers’ coach Aaron Rice said pride was the key motivator as his team finished 9-5 in the OVC.
“It’s a conference game and it always matters for our standing in the conference and you always want to finish as well as you can,” said Rice.
Chesapeake got three runs in the first.
Katy Spears and Brooke Webb singled, Ryleigh Swann had a two-run double and Jordan Storms had an RBI double.
Fairland took a 4-3 lead in the third.
Rileigh Adkins, Adrianna Hoffman and Morgan Fridley all singled and Emily Bowen singled home two runs. Montana Runnels walked and Alexius Alexander had a two-run single.
Chesapeake came back to take an 8-4 lead in the top of the fourth.
Jordan Storms hit a solo home run to start the inning. Chloe Handley was hit by a pitch, Erika Bowman walked and Ashley Tackett hit into a force out, Spears was safe on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Webb had a two-run single and Swann singled in a run and an outfield error allowed a second run to score.
The Lady Dragons cut the deficit to 8-6 in the bottom of the inning.
Hoffman and Fridley singled, Bowen reached on an error to load the bases and Libby Judge hit into a force play and Runnels followed with a two-run single.
Chesapeake got a run in the fifth on Storms’ second solo home run.
Fairland got the run back in the bottom of the inning to trail 9-7 when Adkins reached on a fielder’s choice, moved up on a passed ball and Hoffman had an RBI single.
The Lady Panthers added an insurance run in the sixth.
Tackett walked, moved up on a passed ball and scored when Webb doubled.
Chesapeake had 10 hits led by Storms who was 3-3 with a double, two home runs and three runs batted in. Webb was 3-3 with three RBI and Swann 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
Hoffman went 4-4 to pace Fairland with Fridley 2-4.
Chesapeake plays at 5 p.m. on Friday at Ironton in the sectional tournament finals.
Chesapeake 300 511 0 = 10 10 3
Fairland 004 210 0 = 7 11 1
Brooke Webb and Katy Spears. Adrianna Hoffman and Morgan Fridley. W-Webb (K-3, BB-1). L-Hoffman (K-3, BB-5). Hitting-CHS: Katy Spears 1-4, Brooke Webb 3-3 3-rbi, Ryleigh Swann 3-4 2-2B 3-rbi, Jordan Storms 3-3 2B 2-HR 3-rbi; FHS: Adrianna Hoffman 4-4, Morgan Fridley 2-4, Emily Bowen 1-4, Libby Judge 1-4, Montana Runnels 1-3, Alexius Alexander 1-4, Rileigh Adkins 1-4.