Pruitt’s return sparks Lady Dragons to win

Published 12:26 am Thursday, April 13, 2023

By Jim Walker

PROCTORVILLE — Katie Pruitt has been out for a week due to an injury so she should have been a little rusty.

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Should have been.

Pruitt came back on Wednesday and went 4-5 with 2 doubles and 3 runs batted in to lead the Fairland Lady Dragons to an 11-1 Ohio Valley Conference win over the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers.

Fairland (6-3, 5-0) trailed most of the game before Pruitt ignited an 8-run fifth inning and sparked the win.

Walks and errors proved to be part of the downfall for Ironton as Bella Sorbilli and Braylin Wallace combined to issue 9 free passes. Ironton had 2 critical errors that led to 8 unearned runs.

Ironton (5-4, 3-2) led 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Fairland scored 8 runs.

The Lady Fighting Tigers took the lead with a run in the second inning.

Sorbilli walked, Kenley Neal got a 2-out single, Emily Weber walked to load the bases and Khamil Martin had an RBI single.

In the fifth, Pruitt led off with a base hit and Ally Shepherd followed with a hit to put runners on the corners. Shepherd then stole second and Hailey Sammons reached on an error as 2 runs scored.

Ciarra Lyon followed with an RBI single. Makena Black singled, Kaylee Salyer walked and Katie Dehart was safe on an error for a run.

Pruitt then doubled  to clear the bases and it was 7-1. Shepherd then doubled home Pruitt.

Fairland ended the game with 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Jordan Spencer was hit by a pitch, Sammons and Lyon walked and Salyer was hit by a pitch to force in a run.

Dehart singled for a run and both Shepherd and Lyon walked to force in the final run.

Salyer got the win as she gave up 6 hits, struck out 9 and walked 4.

Besides Pruitt, Shepherd was 2-2 with a double and 2 RBI and Lyon 2-3 and an RBI.

Ironton was led by Martin who went 3-3 with an RBI with Neal 1-2 and Wallace 1-3.

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Fairland 000 083 = 11 11 1

Bella Sorbilli, Braylin Wallace (6) and Graycie Brammer. Kaylee Salyer and Makena Black. W-Salyer (IP-6.0, H-6, R-1, ER-1, K-9, BB-4). L-Sorbilli (IP-5.0, H-10, R-8, ER-0, K-4, BB-6, WP-1). Wallace (IP-0.2, H-1, R-3, ER-3, K-2, BB-3). Hitting-Ironton: Khamil Martin 3-3 RBI, Braylin Wallace 1-3, Kenley Neal 1-2; Fairland: Kaylee Salyer RBI, Katie Dehart 1-5 RBI, Katie Pruitt 4-5 2-2B 3-RBI, Ally Shepherd 2-2 2B 2-RBI, Jordan Spencer 1-3, Ciarra Lyon 2-3 RBI, Makena Black 1-4.