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Lady Bulldogs fall twice

Lady Bulldogs fall twice
Lady Bulldogs fall twice | Gleason Lady Bulldogs softball, Sami Verdell, Katie Collins, Peabody Lady Tide, Gibson County Lady Pioneers, Madison Fagan Memorial Scholarship Tournament, Martin, Tennessee

Bunt — Gleason’s Katie Collins bunted for a single and later scored a run in the Lady Bulldogs’ 4-2 loss to Peabody on Friday afternoon. Photo by Sara Reid
The Gleason Lady Bulldogs dropped two games against two Gibson County opponents this past Friday afternoon in the first day of action at the Madison Fagan Memorial Scholarship Tournament in Martin.
In the first contest, Gleason took on the Peabody Lady Golden Tide and surrendered a 2-0 lead in the fourth to fall, 4-2, and dropped a 10-2 decision to the Gibson County Lady Pioneers.
Against Peabody, the first inning was relatively quiet with neither team able to get going on offense, but Sami Verdell led off the second with an inside-the-park home run and the Lady Bulldogs jumped on the board, 1-0. Breanna Jones rolled one through the gap in right field, but Sarah Passeri grounded out. Katie Collins successfully bunted to reach second and Collins took off homeward bound on a wild pitch to double the Gleason lead, 2-0.
Peabody knocked four straight singles in the bottom of the inning, but the Lady Bulldog defense kept Peabody off the scoreboard.
In the third for GHS, Heather Bowles drew a one-out walk, but was erased at second base as Gleason didn’t add to its run total. Peabody popped up and grounded out twice to end the third.
Jones grounded out to start the fourth. Passeri singled and stole second, but two groundouts ended the top of the inning.
The Lady Tide led off with a single, flew out to left field and singled again, but Taylor Stout tagged out a runner attempting to steal home. Two more singles and a fly to center field scored two runs, however, and the score was tied, 2-2, after three.
In the bottom of the fourth, Peabody singled and the runner made it to second on a wild pitch and third on a sacrifice. A bunt drove in a run and another run came in to score on a wild pitch. Time ran out and Peabody took a 4-2 win.
Later on in its night game, Gleason made several costly fielding mistakes and fell to the Gibson County Lady Pioneers, 10-2.
Calay Smith and Bowles grounded out to start the game and Stout popped up to shallow left field to end a quick first inning for the Lady Bulldogs. Audrea Martin struck out the first two Gibson County batters and forced a pop up to end the opening inning.
Verdell grounded out, Jones was thrown out on a bunt and Passeri grounded out to end the top of the inning. Gibson County quickly loaded the bases on short hits and drove in five runs to lead 5-0 after two.
The Lady Bulldogs grounded out three straight times after a Collins line drive to right field in the third. Gibson County scored four more runs on five hits in the bottom of the third to lead 9-0.
Bowles popped up to open the third and Stout grounded out, but Verdell belted a triple and came in to score on a wild pitch to make the score 9-1. A bases-loaded bunt drove in another run for Gibson County, however, and the Lady Pioneers led 10-1 after four.
In the top of the fifth, Collins grounded through the gap in right field. Martin also grounded through the gap to send in the run, but time ran out and Gibson County held on for the 10-2 win.

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