PINEVILLE, La. – The Louisiana College softball team found itself down six runs coming to bat in the third inning, clawed back to tie the game, and then got a big hit in the seventh to walk off with a 7-6 win over the Concordia Tornados Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Park.
It wasn't the best of starts for the Lady Wildcats, who found themselves trailing Concordia 2-0 after one, 5-0 after the second inning, and 6-0 when the third out was recorded in the top of the third inning.
But that's where the LC comeback began, and fittingly, it started with a two-out rally to crack the scoreboard. With two away, Kaitlyn Moore drew a base on balls to get on, moved to second on a single by Shaye Tredinich, got to third on a wild pitch, and came home on a Jade Brady base hit up the middle to make it 6-1 after three.
The big inning came in the bottom of the fourth, started off by Allie Liles, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Now with one out, Emily Hardy doubled in a pinch-hit opportunity to put runners on second and third. Liles scored on a ground ball to second by Kayelea Dearmon, which was thrown away, allowing Dearmon to reach safely. Aleksis Duplechain drew a walk to load the bases, and then Kaitlyn Moore shot a single back up the middle to score Maci Rozas for a 6-3 score. Then the big play came as Shaye Tredinich drove a pitch through the left side of the infield, which also got under the left fielder's glove, allowing Dearmon, Briley Johnston, and Moore to all come home and tie the score at 6-6.
With the game now tied, the Lady Wildcat defense fought off two Tornado opportunities with runners in scoring position, including in the top of the seventh where Concordia had a runner at second with one out and second and third with two outs, to keep the game even for the chance to walk it off.
Desiree Squires got the winning run on base with one out as she dropped a base hit into left. Bre Newman, who entered to pinch run, then stole second base. Now with two outs, Phobee Spell took advantage of her pinch-hit opportunity to end the game by driving a pitch down the third-base line and into the left-field corner for the walk-off double as Newman came in with the game-winning run.
"I'm proud of the grit and resiliency our kids showed in all three games," said Louisiana College head coach Barry Roberts. "We faced adversity in all three games of the series, and in two of them, we overcame it to get the wins. We had several players step up this weekend. Jaylin Poe was very sound at shortstop. Allie Liles got on base twice and had a momentum building catch in right. Madison Dykes couldn't have pitched better today as she continues to come back from an arm injury. Kaitlyn Moore is playing well with both the bat and glove. Of course, Phobee Spell had the big hit, but it took everyone to get us to that moment."
Kaitlyn Moore led the offense by going two of three with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored. Shaye Tredinich went two of four with an RBI. Emily Hardy and Phobee Spell each had pinch-hit doubles, with Spell's driving in the game-winning run.
Madison Dykes (2-0) came on in relief in the second inning and shut down the Tornado offense, scattering six hits and allowed one run, which was earned, with no walks and one strikeout. Jade Brady started in the circle and threw 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and five runs, four earned, walked four and struck out one.
The Lady Wildcats (5-7, 2-4 ASC) have a midweek doubleheader on Tuesday, taking on Hendrix College. The first pitch against the Warriors (4-2) is set for 3:00 P.M. at Warrior Field.
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