Patriots end season with loss 8-6 loss to Hooper

Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 6, 2017

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The Pike Lady Patriots had their season come to an end on Friday when they fell to Lee-Scott and Hooper in the state tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

The Pike Lady Patriots had their season come to an end on Friday afternoon after falling to Lee-Scott Academy 7-3 and Hooper 8-6 in the state tournament in Montgomery.

“They played hard,” said Patriots head coach Robert Rollan. “When you get to this level at the state tournament you have to play seven innings and we didn’t do that in the first or second game. Both teams played harder than us and they wanted to win more than us.”

Dannah Dawson got the start for the Patriots in game one and pitched the first 3.2 innings, allowing seven total runs on seven hits while striking out six. Meagan Faulk pitched the remaining three and a third innings, allowing two hits.

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The Patriots finished with just four hits by Haliegh Dewberry, Callee Jinright, Morgan Bundy and Madison Johnson.

After falling behind 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, the Patriots got on the board when Bundy scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Phelps to bring the score to 3-1.

The warriors put the game out of reach when they scored four runs on five hits and two walks, all of which came with two outs in the inning to bring the score to 7-1.

The Patriots picked up a run in the fourth when Johnson scored on an error to bring the score to 7-2. The Patriots scored for the third consecutive inning in the fifth when Jinright singled in Dewberry.

In the seventh and trailing 7-3 the Patriots scored one final run on a groundout by Jinright to score Dewberry.

Three homeruns were not enough in the Patriots 8-6 loss to the Hooper Colts in their second game of the day on Friday.

Dewberry got the start for the Patriots and completed six innings before giving way to Faulk in the seventh after allowing eight runs.

The Patriots finished with nine hits led by Dewberry’s three. Bundy had two hits, both of which were homeruns. Phelps, Brown (who also hit a homerun), Faulk and Jordan Grice all had one hit.

The Colts jumped out to a 3-0 lead after scoring a run in both the first and second innings before scoring their third run on a homerun in the fourth.

Brown, playing in her final game of her Patriots career hit a homerun to get the Patriots on the board in the fourth.

“It’s great that she got a homerun in her final game as a Patriot,” Rollan said. “It was big for our girls to be able to come back the way they did.”

After Hooper scored two more runs in the fifth to bring the score to 5-1, the Patriots inched a little closer in the bottom half of the inning when Bundy hit her first of her two homeruns to bring the score to 5-2. Dewberry followed up with a double to score Faulk  bringing the score to 5-3.

The Colts scored their sixth run of the game on a Dewberry wild pitch to bring the score to 6-3.

Following a single by Grice and a walk by Emily Williamson, Bundy picked up the biggest hit of the game up to that point when she hit a three-run blast over the wall to tie the game at 6.

After Dewberry allowed back-to-back singles, Faulk entered the game for the Patriots. The Colts picked up a bases-loaded walk to go up 7-6 and then scored on an error to go up 8-6.

The Patriots got a runner on base in the seventh, but couldn’t scratch across another run.