East Carter Lady Raiders picked up a second win, 7-5, Friday night during a sixth inning tie breaker.
The night’s games were put on a time cap in order to fit all three games at Montgomery County’s Bart Rison Derby Classic.
The Lady Raiders' first game against Pendleton County left them less than two hours to play the third game of the night against Grant County.
Emily Goodman scored first after getting on base with a single in the first inning. Goodman was batted in by Lindsey Holmes double to left field.
The Lady Raiders' lead didn’t last long. They gave up two runs in the first and a third in the second.
“We got down early, 3-1, but we battled back. We didn’t get down on ourselves. I am proud of the girls. They didn’t quit. That is the one thing I really like about this team. We have had a lot of games we could have rolled over and died but we fought hard. We have battled,” said Coach Derek Calhoun.
Lady Raiders pitcher Hannah Williams was relieved by Skylier Bloemer. Bloemer pitched the remaining four innings.
“She done well. She was hitting her spots, her change up was working well. She was keeping the batters off balance,” said Calhoun. “At the beginning of the year, you could see fatigue setting in. She wasn’t used to throwing those seven inning ball games. Tonight, she pitched eleven innings and I thought she was throwing just as hard as she started the first game at 7:30.”
Both Williams and Bloemer gave up two runs on four hits and struck out three.
The Lady Raiders tallied another 16 hits. Bloemer went three-for-four at the plate once again. She had one RBI and scored one run.
Goodman, Graycee Castle, Hannah Williams, and Holmes went two-for-four. Castle hit a pair of doubles and Goodman with a double in the sixth hit the team’s only other extra base hit.
The remaining hits were made by Karsen Prichard, Lakole Fields, Caroline Young, Carra Layne and Audrey Manning.
The Lady Braves were up 3-1 until the fifth inning. With bases loaded, Fields single forced the Lady Braves to make a play. An error by the Lady Braves catcher allowed Bloemer and Williams to score.
The game was hardly over as the Lady Braves answered the bell scoring a run in the bottom of the inning. They were able to string together three singles allowing Hannah Coldiron to score.
Due to the time constraint, the sixth inning started with a runner on second. Layne was placed on second for the Lady Raiders.
Layne was batted in by Castle who advanced to second on the throw. Goodman’s double to center field drove in Castle for a second run. Goodman was tagged out while attempting to advance to third.
Young took a pitch to the leg. As the team’s catcher, Young was replaced by Santanna Sullivan. Sullivan stole second and was batted in by Bloemer’s single.
“Me, Coach Castle, Coach Manning and Coach Sullivan got together, we decided to give some of the younger girls a chance. This is the first time Santanna has got to play varsity and we told her, ‘You can’t play scared to death. You have to go out there and do your job.’ She made the most of it. She is one one of the quickest girls we have got,”said Calhoun.
The Lady Braves placed Macy Middleton on second to start the bottom of the inning. Middleton scored on a single by Hannah Saylor.
The Lady Raiders defense were able to shut them down at just one run. Goodman threw to first for the last out of the game.
“We knew we weren’t going to get those fourteen, fifteen strikeouts like we used to. We were going to have to play defense. The girls have done excellent. We made some big play tonight. Carra made some big plays there at shortstop and Emily with a nice big play on that sharp hit ball in the hole to get that last out,” said Callhoun.
The Lady Raider ended the weekend 4-0 after picking up two more win Saturday. The Lady Raiders defeated Montgomery County 15-0 and Model 8-3.