Pierce County’s youthful Lady Bears opened the 2020 campaign winning three of four games in the season-opening Warrior Blast tournament at Tattnall County.
PCHS bounced back from a 10-7 loss to Class AAAAA Apalachee in the opener Friday, August 7, with a 5-3 win over Class A ECI, a 12-3 victory over GISA Class AAA Pinewood Christian, and a 4-0 decision against Class A Portal.
The Lady Bears fell 14-6 in a scrimmage Thursday to Class AA fifth-ranked Vidalia.
Pierce County travels Thursday, August 13, to face Jeff Davis in the lone game of the week. The Lady Bears host Region 1-AAA foe Long County, Tuesday, August 18, in a jayvee-varsity doubleheader at 4 p.m.
PCHS travels Thursday, August 20, to region foe Tattnall County for another jayvee-varsity doubleheader and wraps up the week participating Saturday, August 22, at the Watermelon Tournament in Cordele.
Lady Bears 4-2
The Lady Indians used back-to-back six-run innings in winning the first five-inning scrimmage with PCHS scoring twice in the fourth inning to take Game 2.
Vidalia scored twice in the first inning against Lady Bears’ starter Kadence Godwin, who worked three innings. The Lady Indians exploded for six runs in the third for an 8-0 advantage.
After the Lady Bears cut the deficit in half plating four runs in the bottom of the third, Vidalia scored its final runs of the day in the fourth against Kaylee Cravey.
Natalie Herrin pitched the fifth and the first inning of the second game. Amiya Tomlinson and Lauren Edgar followed with two innings each.
Rebecca Deloach led PCHS with two hits, one a double, and an RBI. Makayla Pitts, Kylie Allen (RBI), Ally Dawson and Godwin collected a hit apiece.
“We didn’t look as good as we wanted to,” said head coach Robbie Spires. “I threw our young pitchers. We couldn’t shut the door and get the third out to get out of the inning in both rallies. We didn’t hit spots against a very good hitting team.
“We had three or four errors in the outfield that were routine plays. Hopefully that was just nerves. That was by far a team that could make a run to a state championship,” Spires added.
Lady Bears 7
Apalachee scored nine runs in its first two bats and then held off a late rally to beat PCHS in five innings.
The Lady Wildcats scored five runs in the first and four in the second against Godwin (5 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 5 K, 7 BB, 1 HBP), who needed 118 pitches in the complete game outing.
Down 5-0, Pierce County got a run back in the bottom of the first on a one-out, RBI double by Deloach (2-for-3, three RBIs). Pitts (2-for-3, RBI) drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and scored on Deloach’s hit.
Apalachee scored four times in the second for a 9-1 advantage and added a final run in the fourth for a 10-1 lead.
The Lady Bears scored six times in the bottom of the inning to pull to within 10-7.
Madison Pickett walked on four pitches to start the rally. Tivona Myles and Ansleigh Clough drew two-out walks loading the bases. Pitts, Natalie Herrin (1-for-4, two RBI), Deloach and Allen (1-for-3, RBI) followed with run-scoring base hits before the inning ended.
PCHS got a pair of walks to start the fifth, but was unable to capitalize following with three consecutive strikeouts.
Lady Bears 5
The Lady Bears scored the first five runs en route to slipping past ECI.
Cravey tossed a five-inning, three-hit complete game with three strikeouts, two walks, a hit batter and one wild pitch. She was charged with two earned runs.
PCHS scored twice in the opening frame on a one-out, two-run single by Allen (1-for-3, three ribbies). Pitts walked ahead of a double off the bat of Herrin (3-for-3, RBI).
The Lady Bears doubled its margin to 4-0 with a two-run third. Pitts reached on a leadoff error with Herrin hitting the next offering for a single. Deloach (1-for-3) followed with a single loading the bases.
Allen’s ensuing groundout scored Pitts. Herrin eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Pierce County’s final run came in the fourth on a two-out triple by Herrin scoring Rylee Carden, who was hit by the ninth pitch in her at bat.
The first three Lady Bulldog batters reached and scored in the bottom of the inning cutting the deficit to 5-3. Cravey retired the side in order in the fifth on three consecutive grounders.
Lady Bears 12
Pinewood Christian 3
PCHS used a pair of homers and banged out 12 hits in rolling past the private school Lady Patriots from Bellville.
Deloach (1-for-3, two RBI) got the Lady Bears rolling with a two-run homer in the first scoring Herrin (1-for-3, homer, 3 RBI), who was hit by a one-out pitch. Pickett (1-for-4) followed with a single and scored on a two-out single by Natalee Griffin (1-for-3, RBI), who came around to score on a pair of errors.
After PCA scored a run in the second against Herrin (6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 8 K, 5 BB, 2 HBP), the Lady Bears extended the lead to 7-1 getting a two-out, three-run homer from Herrin. Cravey (2-for-2) kept the inning alive with a two-out single, followed by a single from Pitts (2-for-3).
Following a two-run rally in the bottom of the frame by the Lady Patriots, PCHS scored three times in the top of the fifth to build a 10-3 advantage.
Tivona Myles (1-for-1, three RBI) delivered the big blow with a two-out, bases clearing triple. Natalie Sullivan (2-for-4) singled and Griffin walked to start the inning. Cravey’s two-out walk kept the inning alive and loaded the bases.
Pierce County scored twice after two outs and nobody on base in the sixth. Sullivan tripled and scored on an error on a ball hit by Griffin, who came around to score the last run.
Lady Bears 4
Pierce County finally broke through against the Lady Panthers scoring all of its runs during a fifth inning uprising.
Locked in a scoreless pitching duel, the Lady Bears loaded the bases on a pair of errors and a single in the fifth. Ansleigh Clough (1-for-2) lined a leadoff single with Ally Dawson (1-for-3) reaching on an error. Pitts reached on a one-out error loading the bases.
Herrin (1-for-3) followed ripping a 1-1 pitch for a two-run single. Deloach (1-for-3) followed two pitches later with a two-run single.
Godwin tossed a seven-inning, four-hit complete game overpowering Portal’s lineup with 13 strikeouts. She walked one.
Reagan Larson (1-for-1) also had a hit for PCHS.
Ware County JV 3
Lady Bears JV 2
Ware County’s three-run second inning proved to be enough as the Lady Gators nipped PCHS in junior varsity action.
LizAnn Hughes (1-for-2) singled and scored the Lady Bears’ first run on a single by Natalie Sullivan (1-for-2), who would scored on a passed ball.
The Lady Gators responded in the second scoring all three runs after two outs. Cuylea Martin reached on an error to start the inning with Cassie Cox (1-for-2) followed with a first-pitch single.
Quashia Barnes was hit by a two-out pitch to extend the inning. Madilyn Medders’ (1-for-2) two-run single on the next pitch tied the score. Laneeya Garrison’s (1-for-2) first-pitch, run-scoring single proved to be the game-winner.