Special to the Grove Sun
COLCORD-A favorable call here or a hit there and the Colcord Lady Hornets could have put one in the win column Thursday afternoon. But as it turned out Fairland had just enough pitching, just enough defense and the benefit of a couple close calls to hold off a home team comeback.
April Escalante took the hill for the home team and issued a base on balls to the Lady Owl lead off batter, Ashlee Davis. After getting the next batter to pop up on the infield Courtney Summers got the game’s first hit to put runners on the corners. And with back-to-back RBI hits by Paige Gibson and Lauren McCabe, the visitors took an early 2-0 lead.
Fairland’s starting hurler, Davis, got the home team down in order in the home half of the inning. Escalante got Fairland to go down in order in the subsequent inning. But the Lady Hornets wasted a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the frame when Zoe Scott and Escalante reached base. Colcord left the pair on base asDavis eventually struck out the side.
In the top of the third Whitney Dushane was struck by the Escalante pitch and came in to score on McCabe’s two out double. McCabe doubled the Lady Owls’ lead when she crossed the plate on a clean Melinda Proctor single to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Hornet offense came to life when Emalee Copeland stroked a one out single. With Copeland on the run, Colcord’s Emily Farris laid a perfect bunt down the first base line. Copeland easily advanced to second and then third, but Farris was called out on an extremely close play despite the protestations of the Hornet coaches and fans.
Copeland did eventually score when the Fairland right fielder muffed Theresa Ketkeo’s fly ball. Ketkeo cut the Owl lead in half when she scored on defensive lapse. Scott got Colcord’s first RBI of the game with her second single. A wild pitch moved Scott to second and a Daisy Rich single moved her to third. With runners on the corner Dekayla Boilng gapped a double for two RBIs and a 4-4 tie at the end of the third.
Fairland’s Davis and Dushane slapped back-to-back doubles to regain the lead in the top of the fourth. Down 5-4, Colcord left Copeland in scoring position after she walked and stole second and third in the home half of the fourth.
The Lady Owls added an insurance run in the fifth when Goldra Konal picked up a two-out double and scored on Teri Weaver’s single. The Colcord ladies made it interesting when Ketkeo and Scott led off their last at bats with back-to-back singles. Rich picked up a walk to load the bases. But a fielder’s choice took down Ketkeo at third and a double play ended the Hornet threat and the ballgame.