A couple of hits for the Panthers and mistakes from the Lady Indians allowed Union County to get on the board first at Tuesday night’s game. Although both teams played a solid game, in a theme that seems to be recurrent for the Lady Indians this season, Lumpkin started to come back in the bottom of the fifth for an overall 5-4 victory.
The first couple of innings displayed the defensive strength of both teams. Both teams put the ball into play during their first at-bats, but couldn’t get anything on the board before the other would get the third out. The Lady Indians defense had an especially great three up, three down for the top of the second inning.
Union County starting pitcher Megan Bright pitched a total of four strikeouts after 4 2/3 innings. Starting pitcher for the Lady Indians Natalie Robinson stayed in the entire game and pitched a great six innings with two strikeouts.
Runners started to score for Union in the top of the fourth after a double by center fielder Mary Wischmeyer. A single to right field by third baseman Caley Davis advanced Wischmeyer to third, who was then able to score after the ball got past Lumpkin catcher Natalie Schubert. An error by Lumpkin first baseman Hannah Pulley gave the Panthers time to get another run on the board, as did when the ball got past Schubert again. At the end of the inning the Panthers were ahead 4-0.
The Lady Indians left two stranded in the bottom of the fourth, but fought to keep the Panthers back in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Alyssa Pulley played an exceptional inning defensively, with a pop up catch for the first out, a diving catch for an attempt at the second out, and a running catch to get the third out.
The bats were hot for the Lady Indians in the bottom of the fifth, started off by a single to left field by shortstop Evee Dornhecker. Third baseman Lauren English followed with a double, and the Lady Indians got their first run of the night. Schubert hit a single to center field for the second run, and first baseman Hannah Pulley drilled a single to the wall at center field to score courtesy runner Kelsey Marshall and right fielder Haley Voyles. When the dust settled at the end of the inning the Lady Indians had tied the game 4-4.
A couple of easy outs kept the Panthers from scoring any more runs in the top of the sixth. When the Lady Indians came back up to bat in the bottom of the inning, English hit another double to bring in a RBI and the final run. The Panthers were unable to get anything else past the Lumpkin defense, and the game ended after the top of the seventh inning.
Lady Indians head coach Joe Jones said of the game, “Offensively we waited a little while to adjust, but we finally got some big hits with runners in scoring position and I’m proud of us for sticking with it.”
The Lady Indians will head to Chestatee tonight for a 5 p.m. game. They will be back home on Thursday to face Chestatee again at 5 p.m.