The Lady Cardinal softball team hoped to continue their win streak Tuesday afternoon when they welcomed the Galatia Jr. Lady Bearcats to town for the second LGEC game of the week.
It appeared this streak would remain when the Lady Cardinals claimed a 2-1 advantage following one inning of play. Both teams would score a run in the second inning to leave the Lady Cardinal lead at one run but the third inning would witness the Lady Cardinals falling behind as the Lady Bearcats exploded for three runs to claim the 5-3 lead for themselves. NCOE would cut into this in the bottom of the third inning as they added another run to narrow the Lady Bearcat lead to 5-4. Galatia would surge forward in the top of the fourth as they plated two more runs to push their lead to 7-4. This score would remain until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Lady Cardinal offense would put together a nice rally of their own. Avery Black would start the inning with a base hit followed by a base on balls to Claira Powell. With two runners on base, Mallory Fulkerson would come through with an RBI single to inch the Lady Cardinals closer. A single by Bree Vollman would push another run across the plate to leave the Lady Cardinals trailing by one run. At this time Gracie Allen would step to the plate and drive a pitch to center field scoring two runs to help NCOE reclaim the lead at 8-7. The Lady Cardinals would avoid a lead off walk in the top of the seventh to retire the next three batters and claim the 8-7 victory.
Leading the way at the plate with two hits a piece were Bree Vollman, Mercedes Hise, Avery Black, and Mallory Fulkerson. Those with one hit in the game were Gracie Allen and Hollan Everett. Allen, Vollman, and Lauren Poole each collected two RBI’s to lead the Lady Cardinals followed by one a piece from Hise and Fulkerson. Those scoring runs in the game were Vollman (2), Hise (2), Fulkerson (2), Powell (1), and Black (1).
Starting pitcher, Brynn Warren pitched the first four innings of the game allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits and striking out five. Mercedes Hise relieved Warren to collect the victory in the circle by hurling the final three innings allowing no runs on no hits and striking out two.
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