Patriots split in day one

Published 3:00 am Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Pike Liberal Patriots split a pair of games in the Edgewood Tournament on Friday.

In game one, the Patriots scored seven runs in the final inning to secure the 11-5 win over the Hooper Academy Colts.

Bailey Rushing led the way for the Patriots going a perfect 3-3 at the plate including a double in her final at bat in the third inning.

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The Patriots scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the first inning to go up 2-0 when Kayla Dendy and Rushing both scored.

After the Colts were able to cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first, the Patriots were able to tack on two more in the third to go up 4-1. Yarbrough got the scoring started when she homered to center field. Later in the inning Elaina Strother walked, scoring Rushing from third base.

Yarbrough walked the first three batters in the third inning before she was replaced by Rushing. The Colts scored three runs to tie the game at 4-4 just before the time limit exceeded.

With the game tied as time expired the two teams were forced to play an international tiebreaker. The Patriots began the inning with a runner on second base and scored four runs, thanks to RBI hits from Dendy, Yarbrough, Rushing and Danielle Brown to clinch the game for the Patriots.

The win was exactly what head coach Robert Rollan was hoping for.

“After the Selma tournament where we were 1-4 during the tournament we came in on Monday and that’s what we talked about,” Rollan said. “We talked about competing and playing good fundamental softball.”

The Patriots received a good pitching performance on the mound from starting pitcher Samantha Yarbrough pitched the game’s first two innings allowing four runs on just one hit. It was Yarbrough’s seven walks that got her in trouble.

“She had a hard time getting her sequence down today,” Rollan said. “She threw against Escambia and she struck out 18. She came out today and I said, ‘not everyday is going to be the same.’ She is going to have to adjust and find a solution to throw a strike.”

In game two the Patriots scored in all three innings, but Edgewood’s seven-run second inning was too much to overcome. The Patriots allowed seven errors in the game’s three innings and lost 11-5.

Amanda Finlayson took the loss for the Patriots, pitching two innings and allowing eight runs, only one of which was earned. She allowed four hits and two walks.

The Patriots finished game two with five hits led by Finlayson’s two. Kayla Dendy, Katelyn Dendy and Calle Jinright had the other three hits.

Katelyn Dendy drove two of three runs while Kayla Dendy drove in the other one.