Lady Bombers Late Rally Falls Short
By Tim Taylor
The Graves County Lady Eagles took control of the Third District title race, claiming the 10-6 victory over Ballard Memorial on Tuesday, April 21st at Graves County. A three up and three down first inning by both teams was no indication of the hitting they would do over the last six innings. The Lady Bombers struck first in the second inning. Jayde Newton opened the second with a single back up the middle. Carra Pearson entered as a courtesy runner for the catcher Newton. Shelby Amis walked to put runners on first and second. Ashleigh Tyson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Pearson and Amis to second and third. Facing a full count, Rebekah Hogancamp delivered with an RBI single to score Pearson from third. The Lady Bombers loaded the bases with one out but could not manage to add to their lead. The Lady Eagles got the run back in their half of the second. Catcher Dana Adkins had several solid foul balls before she delivered a solo home run over the centerfield fence to tie the game at one.
The middle innings proved costly for the Lady Bombers. With two outs and a runner on third, the Lady Eagles got an RBI single, a walk and then a two RBI double to give the host a 4-1 advantage. Graves blew the game open in their half of the fourth as they hit three doubles, a single and a walk to score four runs to push the lead to 8-1. With the clouds moving in and a steady rain starting to fall, the officials were trying to get to the fifth inning to make it a complete game. The Lady Bombers fell behind 10-1 through the fifth inning, as the played enough innings to become an official game if the weather were to worsen.
As rain continued into the sixth, but the Lady Bombers were able to get a couple of runs back. After a leadoff walk, Leah Shelley advanced to second with two outs. She would score on a Tyson single to cut the deficit to eight. Hogancamp followed with an infield single. The throw to first would go into the outfield allowing Tyson to score from first on the play and Hogancamp advanced to third. She would be stranded at third, but the Lady Bombers were able to cut into the lead. The Lady Bombers held Graves scoreless in the bottom of the sixth and had one last chance. Shelby Elrod led off the last inning with a triple. Ree Fields grounded out to third to score Elrod. An infield single by Shelby Hawes was followed by an RBI triple by Shelley to make the score 10-5. Newton grounded out to third to score Shelley from third to trim the lead to four. Amis hit a single to left field and she took second as the left fielder could not handle the ball. Tyson would ground out to second base to end the game. Shelley went 2-3 with a triple, one RBI's and she scored twice. Hogancamp went 2-3 with two RBI's and Elrod added a triple. Newton went 1-4 had an RBI and her courtesy runner Pearson scored once. The Lady Bombers scored six runs on nine hits in the game. The win for Graves County puts them in the driver's seat for the 3rd District as they sit at 2-0 in district play and 14-7 overall, while the Lady Bombers fall to 1-1 in district play and are 7-12 on the season. The two teams will meet again on May 4th at Ballard Memorial. Coach Amis discussed after the All A tournament the team had trouble responding when they fall behind. He had to like the fight in the team as they responded with five unanswered runs to close the gap late. However, they dug themselves too big a hole to get out of. The Lady Bombers next play on Tuesday night, April 28th at Carlisle County before hosting Cairo, IL on the 29th.