Patriots score late in 5-1 win over Abbeville Christian
Published 9:06 pm Friday, March 1, 2019
The Pike Liberal Arts Lady Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to knock off Abbeville Christian 5-1 in game one of the Jonah McWaters Tournament on Friday afternoon in Troy.
Pool play games lasted just an hour and 15 minutes and the Lady Patriots needed almost all of them to pull out a win over the Generals.
With the game tied at one, the Patriots had all five batters reach in the fifth inning before ultimately scoring five runs before time expired. Emily Dean and Morgan Bundy both reached on a walk and a bunt single. Both runners came around to score on a single to left field by Aubreigh Maulden. Grace Rushing came up next and drove in both Avery Henderson and Maulden on a hit to left that the General left fielder couldn’t grab, bringing the score to 5-1.
Bundy got the start for the Patriots. Bundy pitched all five innings and allowed one total run on four hits. She struck out two batters.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Patriots erased the scoreless tie when Ansley Adams singled to left field to drive in Ashlynn Atwell.
The Generals bounced back to tie the game in the fifth when they scored a run on one hit and had help with a Patriot error.
The Patriots finished with nine hits. Bundy and catcher Morgan Phelps each had two hits, while Ally Rushing, Adams, Henderson, Maulden and Grace Rushing all had one.
The Patriots were scheduled to take on Springwood late on Friday night. For continuing coverage of the Jonah McWaters Tournament visit www.troymessenger.com.