Lady Eagles sneak by Squadron

Published 3:00 am Friday, March 24, 2017

Sixteen runs were scored between the bottom of the fourth and the top of the fifth inning, and the end the Goshen Lady Eagles edged Highland Home 15-13 on Saturday.

“We put some new people in some new positions, and I thought those people did really well,” said Eagles had coach Amy Warrick. “They stepped up really big for us, and I thought we did well coming together as a team.”

Hannah Calhoun pitched all seven innings and earned the win. The offense also produced with 20 hits.

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The Eagles had an opportunity to score in the first inning after they had three batters reach first base on singles. Unfortunately the three runners all were thrown out at home plate.

The Eagles made up for it in the third when they scored four runs on four hits after they sent nine batters to the plate. The Eagles got an RBI single by Kate Warrick and RBI doubles from Lydia Harrison and Lexi McLendon to take a 4-0 lead.

The Flying Squadron battled back in the top half of fourth inning and took a one-run lead after scoring five runs on three hits.

The Eagles responded in the bottom of the fifth when they scored eight runs on eight hits. The Eagles got run producing hits by Madison Cambell, McLendon, Abbie Cambell, Avery Henderson and Calhoun. Megan Cambell also drove in an RBI on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch in the inning to give the Eagles a 12-5 lead.

“We started to hit the ball really well,” Warrick said. “I was proud of how we hit the ball. I thought we started seeing and staying back on the ball and hitting it.”

The rollercoaster continued into the fifth inning, as the Squadron answered with eight runs of their own to take a 13-12 lead. The Squadron sent 11 batters to the plate before the Eagles recorded their first out. From there Calhoun recorded three outs in a row.

“We booted the ball around a lot and made some errors,” Warrick said. “I can’t blame anyone there was some players in spots they have never played. I had to be positive, and I can’t blame anyone if they are giving 100 percent.”

Two more runs came in to score in the fifth and the Eagles regained the lead at 14-13. Brittany Jacobs grounded out to score Harrison and Henderson reached on an error to score McLendon.

After picking up the first 1-2-3 inning since the top of the first inning, the Eagles increased their lead to two at 15-13 after Megan Tillery drove in Warrick on a sacrifice fly.

Calhoun allowed a single in the seventh inning, but retired the next three batters to secure the win.