The Pierce County Lady Bears opened the 2016 season with a six-game slate with four games being played in a tournament in Carrollton.
PCHS split with visiting Wayne County and Jeff Davis to begin the season. The Lady Bears beat East Paulding and Cass during tournament play while falling to Central-Carroll and Chapel Hill.
Wayne County 6 - Lady Bears 5
The Lady Yellow Jackets escaped with a 6-5 win in a game called in the sixth inning because of rain.
Wayne County built a 5-0 lead through its first at bats before holding off a rally by the Lady Bears. The visitors pushed across a run in the third and added four in the fourth to build a five-run cushion.
PCHS dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth plating two runs on Mary Katherine Carter’s (1-for-4) bases loaded single to left. Megan Cason (1-for-3), MacKenzie Davis (2-for-3) and Kylee Royer (2-for-3) all reached on consecutive one-out singles.
After Wayne County scored in the fifth to extend the lead out to 6-2, the Lady Bears responded with a three-run rally. Davis ripped a two-out, two-run double and Royer followed with a run-scoring single.
Lady Bears 6 - Jeff Davis 1
Kimberly Gray and Harlie Phillips combined on a three-hitter helping PCHS to its first win of the year.
The Lady Bears scored five runs over the first two innings and were never headed.
Cason’s bases load RBI fielder’s choice in the first inning gave Pierce a lead it would never relinquish. A four-run second inning extended the lead to 5-0.
Carter (1-for-4) lined a run-scoring single and eventually came around to score on a throwing error for a 3-0 advantage. An error on a ball hit by Ellington Day (2-for-4) allowed Tristan DeLoach (2-for-4) to race home. Day would score later on the third error of the inning by Jeff Davis.
The Lady Jackets’ lone run came in the fourth with PCHS getting it right back in the bottom half of the inning on Day’s RBI groundout.
Tournament:Central-Carroll 4 - Lady Bears 0
Pierce County managed just two hits against the host Lady Lions.
Central-Carroll struck for two runs in the first and added single runs in the second and fifth.
Carter and Ginny Aldridge had the lone hits for PCHS.
Lady Bears 12 - East Paulding 1
The Lady Bears rapped out a season-high 12 hits and scored a season-high 12 runs against Class AAAAA East Paulding.
PCHS scored 10 runs over the first three innings and added two in the fifth. The Lady Raiders scored their run in the third.
An error and a wild pitch helped the Lady Bears score twice in the first. Another wild pitch plated the first tally in the six-run second.
DeLoach’s (3-for-4) infield single drove in the second run with an error allowing the third run to cross the plate. Aldridge’s (1-for-2) bunt single netted the fourth run with Abby Cox (1-for-2) capping the inning with a two-run double.
Kaylee Allen (2-for-3) and Carter (1-for-2) hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the third for a 10-0 advantage. In the fifth, PCHS scored on an error and a single by Hannah Pitts (1-for-1).
Phillips scattered three hits over five innings.
Lady Bears 8 - Cass 4
PCHS spotted the Class AAAAA Lady Colonels an early 2-0 advantage before scoring eight of the final 10 runs.
Down 2-0 after one inning, the Lady Bears sliced the deficit in half in the second on a run-scoring double by Davis (1-for-2). PCHS took the lead for good during a four-run third.
A passed ball tied the game with a triple steal with the bases loaded gave the Lady Bears the lead. Day (1-for-3) was the lead runner during the execution of the rare triple steal. An error followed allowing the final two runs of the inning to cross home plate for a 5-2 lead.
After Cass got one run back in the bottom of the frame, the Lady Bears scored twice in the fourth. Carter’s RBI groundout scored Allen (1-for-3), who led off the inning with a triple. Aldridge (1-for-1) delivered a two-out single scoring Day, who also had a triple in the inning.
Pierce added a final run in the fifth on Parker Smith’s run-scoring single.
Chapel Hill 8 - Lady Bears 0
The Lady Panthers scored eight times in the first two innings and limited PCHS to just three hits in the final game for the Lady Bears.
Gray, Day and Cox registered the lone hits for Pierce County.
Chapel Hill scored twice in the first inning and opened up an eight-run cushion with a six-run second.