Pierce County’s youthful Lady Bears sandwiched a pair of wins around a loss during second week action.
The Lady Bears (5-3) rallied from a three-run deficit Wednesday, August 19, eventually winning the Region 1-AAA opener against Long County in the bottom of the 10th inning, 5-4. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed due to a torrential rain.
PCHS played Saturday, August 22, in the Crisp County Watermelon Tournament falling to Class AA Berrien (6-0-1) 5-4 and beating Class AA Dodge County (6-2) 4-2.
The Lady Bears had just one game on tap for this week, a Region 1-AAA jayvee-varsity matchup Tuesday with Appling County at home.
Lady Bears 5
Long County 4, 10 Inn.
Kylie Allen’s sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Natalie Herrin from third with the game-winning run.
The Lady Bears trailed 4-1 through Long County’s first three at bats. PCHS scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 4-all.
Herrin was placed at second to start the 10th. She moved to third on a passed ball. Allen put the next offering from Trista Murphy (9+ IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 11 K, 3 BB, 4 WP) in play. Herrin alluded the tag of the Long County catcher to score.
Pierce County struck first with a run in its first at bat. Makayla Pitts (3-for-5, RBI, five stolen bases) singled and stole second ahead of a walk to Natalee Griffin. Both eventually moved up on a two-out, wild pitch. Pitts stole home for the 1-0 lead.
The Lady Blue Tide struck for three runs in the second off Herrin (10 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 13 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP). Long County scored on an error, sacrifice fly and a two-out single gave Long County a 3-1 lead.
A one-out single and consecutive errors loaded the bases in the fourth. A sacrifice fly followed scoring the Lady Blue Tide’s final run for a 4-1 advantage.
PCHS cut the deficit to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the third. Rachel Cason (1-for-4) singled with Pitts beating out a sacrifice bunt. Allen drew a two-out walk to load the bases ahead of a wild pitch scoring Pitts.
The Lady Bears scored in the fifth when Pitts reached on a bunt single, stole second, advanced to third on the first of two consecutive wild pitches and scored on the second closing the margin to 4-3.
Pierce County drew even in the sixth. Natalie Sullivan (1-for-4) hit a leadoff single, stole second with one out, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Pitt’s suicide squeeze.
PCHS put the winning run on third in the seventh inning. Herrin (1-for-4) drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a one-out grounder.
Long County put two runners in scoring position in the ninth inning with a one-out single and two-base error with two outs.
The Blue Tide stranded two in the top of the 10th. A sacrifice bunt moved the lead runner from second to third. Following a walk, Herrin fanned the eighth and ninth place batters on seven pitches.
Lady Bears 4
The unbeaten Lady Rebels used a four-run second inning and then had to hang on to slip past Pierce County in a five-inning tilt stopped by time.
Berrien scored only once in the first inning against Kadence Godwin (4+ IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 7 K, 7 BB) after loading the bases within the first three batters. Godwin walked three of the first four batters forcing home a run before settling down.
The Lady Bears tied the score in the second inning. A two-out, two-base error on a ball hit by Sullivan (1-for-2) extended the inning. Tivona Myles followed with a run-scoring single to even the score at 1-apiece.
Six consecutive batters reached after the first out in the bottom of the frame for Berrien as it opened a 5-1 advantage. The Lady Rebels drew two walks, slapped three singles and had a two-run double. It was the double that gave Berrien the lead for good at 3-1.
The Lady Bears responded with two runs in the top of the third to close to within 5-3. Pitts (1-for-2) drew a one-out, four-pitch walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Griffin’s (2-for-3) single.
After Herrin (1-for-2) lined a base hit two pitches later, Griffin stole third and scored on Allen’s sacrifice fly to center.
PCHS scored in the fifth closing the deficit to 5-4. Griffin lined a one-out triple and scored on Herrin’s sac fly to center.
Berrien had the bases loaded with nobody out when the game was stopped by time.
Lady Bears 4
Dodge County 2
A three-run first inning was more than enough as the Lady Bears doubled up Dodge County.
The Lady Squaws spoiled Herrin’s shutout bid with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh. Herrin allowed seven hits and fanned six.
PCHS scored three batters in against Dodge County. Pitts (1-for-3) singled on the second pitch, was sacrificed to second and raced home on a double by Herrin (1-for-2). After a single by Allen (2-for-3), Madison Pickett (1-for-3) laced an 0-2 pitch for a two-run double.
The Lady Bears pushed across an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder’s choice groundout by Sullivan.
Dodge County’s two-run seventh ended Herrin’s 14-inning shutout streak.
Lady Bears JV 8
Long County JV 1
Pierce County scored its runs on six hits in the four-inning win Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Bears scored once in the first inning, three in the second and four in the third to back the pitching of Lauren Edgar (4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 WP).
Ava Murray (double, RBI) paced PCHS’s six-hit attack with two hits.
Maura Kate Waters (RBI), LizAnn Hughes (double, RBI), Emma Tyrone and Autumn Smith added a hit apiece. Sara Davis drove in a team-high two runs.