Troy Belles fend off elimination with dramatic 8-7 win

Published 10:31 pm Monday, August 4, 2014

Larry Sanders’ instructions were clear in the final inning: do whatever it takes to get on base.

Alabama entered the seventh inning trailing South Carolina 7-4, but ripped off four runs in the stanza to fend off elimination and capture an 8-7 win in the Dixie Belles Softball World Series in Ponchatoula, La.

Kate Warrick scored on a throwing error to start the scoring, but the big swing came from Sidney Armstrong.

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Alabama loaded the bases with a walk, a single from Molly Kate Sanders and a bunt from Hannah Calhoun, before Armstrong settled in the box.

Armstrong roped a shot to right filed that was mishandled by the defender.

When all the dust settled, Armstrong was standing on third and Alabama had taken the lead for good.

“I told them to not be the final out,” Larry Sanders said. “We got a couple of really big hits and some walks in that inning to pull it out. I told them to keep believing and they did. That was quite a ball game.”

Molly Kate Sanders picked up the win in relief and allowed just two runs in six innings of work.

“Molly Kate pitched the game of her life out there tonight,” Larry Sander said. “I don’t really know what else to say.”

With the win, Troy advances to the quarterfinals of the World Series. They await the winner of Louisiana and North Carolina. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m.