Lady Pats clinch No. 3 seed for AISA State Tournament

Published 10:11 pm Thursday, April 24, 2014

MONTGOMERY —Pike Liberal Arts rallied from a defeat in game one to down Springwood 3-2 in the back end of the doubleheader to earn the No. 3 seed for next week’s AISA State Tournament in Montgomery.

Trailing 2-0 entering the sixth inning, Pike plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to score the big win.

Kayla Benton reached on a fielder’s choice to start the rally, and later scored on a sac fly from Ellie Barron.

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The Lady Pats then used three straight hits, including doubles from Bailey Rushing and Shelby Baggett, to take the lead for good.

Barron wen the distance in the circle, striking out four along the way, and worked around a single in the top of the seventh to get three infield pop-ups to end the game.

“I am super proud of the way this team fought back and got the job done in the second game,” said Pike Liberal head coach Allie Park. “We could have easily just let it go, and been happy with the No. 4 seed, but they didn’t want it. The rallied and got the win, and maybe we have a little momentum going in to next week.”

Pike fell to Glenwood in game one 3-1. The Lady Pats led the game 1-0 for five innings, before a late homer pushed the Gators to the win.

The AISA State Tournament gets underway Friday May 2 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.