April 17, 2013 — The saying ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over’ can be said in any sport.
The East Carter softball team took it to heart on Saturday morning against rival West Carter.
The Lady Raiders scored two runs in the top of the seventh, rallying to beat the Lady Comets 3-2 Saturday morning.
“It’s really good to see the girls fight,” East skipper Derek Calhoun said. “They easily could have quit and let them have that one run lead. They had fight left in them (in the seventh) and came out got the lead.”
With West leading 1-0 on a Megan Centers’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth, East Carter had trouble all game trying to manufacture hits and runs. The Lady Raiders had five hits going in to the seventh. Heather Withrow got the rally started with a base hit to left. After a fly out to right, Withrow took advantage of a throwing error, allowing her to score with two outs to tie the ball game up. Tori Qualls had a base hit and was replaced by Shayla Greer as a courtesy runner. Kayla Hall provided the winning blow with a base hit that scored Greer to put East ahead for good.
Withrow, who went 3-3 and reached on an error, was very happy with the comeback.
“What a game,” Withrow said. “We came out ready to play and got the hits when we needed to. We stayed focused and did not get down ourselves after falling behind.”
They also spoiled the Lady Comets’ outing by pitcher Leatha Reynolds, who pitched her first complete game of the season after coming off an ankle surgery. She gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out nine Lady Raiders.
But as sharp as Reynolds was inside the circle, Morgan Jacobs was just as good, scrambling four hits and one walk while striking out 12 Lady Comet batters.