Pike Lady Patriots come alive late to rout Northside Methodist

Published 10:25 pm Friday, March 14, 2014

Pike Liberal head coach Allie Park wasn’t pleased with how her team accomplished its goal on Friday, but will take it.

Pike scored eight runs in the top of the fourth inning to break up a close game, and eliminate the Northside Methodist Lady Knights from the Jonah McWaters Tournament with 13-1 win.

“It wasn’t the cleanest game we have played, but we will take a win anytime,” said Park. “We tend to get the big head sometimes and play down to weaker opponents. You can’t do that, or you will get beat.”

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Kailee Taylor led the Lady Pats at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Taylor led the off the game with a bloop double to shallow left, and picked up an RBI single in the second inning.

She singled and later scored in the fourth inning, and also laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored another run in the inning.

With the win, Pike moves on to the final day of the tournament, and will see a big step up in competition.

Tuscaloosa Academy. Springwood and Lakeside all remain alive, and Park thinks her team will respond well.

“It seems the girls like to play the better teams,” said Park. “We will see teams that are more on our level, and hopefully that is enough to get them going. Tomorrow is a long day, and we have to be on our game every pitch of every at-bat.”

Pike’s first game of the day is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at Mendy Avant Field.