|‘Gritty’ Gleason edges Lady Lions |
|In what Gleason head softball coach Joel Ayers called a “gritty” performance, his Lady Bulldogs rallied from behind three times in their 8-7 win over rival Dresden’s Lady Lions in an elimination game in the District 14-A Tournament Monday night at South Fulton. |
Gleason was put in the must-win situation after being no-hit by South Fulton in a 10-0 loss earlier in the day.
It was the Lady Bulldogs taking the first lead in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff batter Lacie Trevathan and Amy Spain notched back-to-back singles. Trevathan eventually touched home for a 1-0 Gleason lead.
The Orange and Black added a run in the second when Taylor Stout opened with a double and scored on a single by Trevathan for a 2-0 advantage.
Dresden bounced back with four runs in the third. Two walks, a hit batter and an error helped the Lady Lion cause. Kaci Robbins, Jessica Parsley, Hannah Wade and Lacie Kelley all scored. Erica Glisson’s two-run double was the big hit as Dresden moved in front 4-2.
Gleason came right back and tied the score with two runs in the home half of the third. Riley Auvenshine and Stout both singled and scored.
Keeping the see-saw theme going, Dresden responded with two runs in the fourth thanks to a pair of walks. Robbins and Brooke Irvine took the free passes. Robbins and courtesy runner Amy Reddick scored with Wade getting an RBI to give her team a 6-4 advantage.
Again Gleason created a tie. Katlin Gaylord and Auvenshine scored. Taylor Wharton and Stout each got an RBI in the fourth.
With the pressure mounting, Gleason took the game’s final lead in the sixth. Auvenshine singled and scored on two errors, which put Wharton on third base. Stout, who hit the ball well all night, brought home Wharton with an RBI single for an 8-6 Gleason lead.
The Lady Lions refused to quit in the seventh. Mason drew a walk and scored on an RBI double by Megan McWherter to cut the GHS lead to a run, 8-7. The Gleason defense held from there to record the final two outs.
The loss ended the high school careers of Dresden seniors Lacie Kelley and Megan McWherter.
Solo homer not enough offense for Lady Lions
Dresden pitcher Brooke Irvine did her part, but the Lady Lion bats were quiet in a 2-1 loss to Union City’s Lady Tornadoes Monday in South Fulton.
Irvine gave up just three hits and walked three while striking out five Lady Tornadoes.
One of the hits Irvine did allow was a leadoff single in the home half of the first inning to Angela Chesteen. An error moved her to second and she eventually scored on a groundout by Corey Anne Youree for the game’s first run and a UC advantage.
Leading off the top of the second inning, Dresden junior Marlee Mason smashed a line drive home run down the left field line to forge a 1-all tie.
A walk and an error put a pair of Lady Tornadoes on base in the bottom of the second, but Irvine struck out two batters to squelch the threat and keep the game tied at 1-1.
Dresden put runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth innings but stranded both short of home plate.
In the bottom of the fifth, Chesteen drew a walk and scored from second base on Youree’s single up the middle for the game’s final run.
With the one-run lead, Union City starting pitcher Karly Hollis retired the final six Lady Lions in order to advance her team into the tourney semifinals and drop Dresden into the losers’ bracket.