The Highland Lady Rebels traveled to Brockwell March 18 for a softball double-header with ICC, and they returned to Sharp County 0-for-2 on the night.
The Lady Cougars took complete control of game one, winning the five-inning contest 6-2, while game two turned into a real battle, with ICC edging Highland 13-12 in an extra-inning affair.
At bat to start game one, the Lady Rebs struck first as Kristin Young reached on a fielder's choice, and later came around to score the Lady Rebs' first run in the top of the first.
The M.O. for the Lady Cougars was simple: use their speed to score runs. And use their speed they did, as ICC posted all six of its runs in the game on steals of home.
ICC answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, both on steals of home, to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Mandy Haney got things going with a double down the third-base line, before she swiped third, and later home.
Chelsie Yancey followed one batter later by singling to right. She too would sneak home on a passed ball, giving the Lady Cougars a 2-1 lead after one.
Yancey pulled the same trick in the home-half of the third, getting on first with a walk, and coming across to score a run by swiping home to stake ICC to a 3-1 advantage.
The Lady Cougars shut the door in the bottom of the fourth, racing home three times on two passed balls and a single to right.
Tina Gerringer earned a free pass with a base-on-balls, and she later turned that into a run, stealing home on a ball in the dirt.
Haney followed that by getting on base and using her wheels to race across home plate after stealing second and third.
Chelsie Yancey put the exclamation point on the fourth by registering a base hit before she scampered home, giving the Lady Cougars six steals of home and a 6-1 lead after four innings.
The Lady Rebs did post one more run in the top of the fifth, a fielder's choice from Brandy Breckenridge that plated Young, but the Lady Cougars posted the victory.
Chelsie Yancey earned the win for ICC, striking out five Lady Rebels, while allowing three base hits.
Haney logged a double for ICC, and Yancey added two singles, while Ariel Yancey and Kasey Batterton had a base hit apiece.
Angie Nicholson paced Highland with two hits, and Megan Scribner added one. Scribner also fanned five Lady Cougar hitters as Highland's starting pitcher.
In game two, it all came down to ICC's last at-bat.
Tied at 12-all after five innings, Haney was responsible for the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth by lofting a fly toward first base with the sacks full of Lady Cougars.
Haney's pop-up was dropped, and Kara Yancey trotted in from third base to give ICC a 13-12 "B" game victory.
With the Lady Rebels leading 12-9 after four-and-a-half innings of play, the Lady Cougars struck for three runs in the bottom of the fifth to send the contest to an extra frame.
With two outs in the fifth, Chelsie Yancey ripped a two-strike pitch to right with the bases loaded, plating Alisa Huihui and Haney.
Batterton scored the tying run by stealing home, knotting the game at 12-all.
It looked like Highland might run away with the game right off the bat, as the Lady Rebs crossed the plate three times in the top of the first, getting to Lady Cougar starter Ariel Yancey early.
Nicholson slammed a double to the wall in left, scoring Courtney Sublett.
After a bloop single by Brittany Davis, Hallie Ballow punched a hit that brought Nicholson around to score.
ICC got a pair of runs back off Ashley Butler, on the mound for Highland, in the bottom of the first.
Ariel Yancey rang up an RBI, and sister Chelsie later swiped home, drawing ICC within one, 3-2, after one.
Scoring five runs in the top of the second, Highland opened some breathing room in the contest.
Nicholson picked up her second ribbie of the game on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.
With no place to put her, Yancey walked Ballow, bringing Andrea Sublett in to score.
The last three Lady Reb runs were courtesy of a big triple down the first-base line from Crystal Pendarvis positioning , Highland to an 8-2 lead.
By striking for a run in the bottom of the second and three more in the third, ICC kept within arms distance of the Lady Rebels, 9-6.
Ariel Yancey stole home, while Huihui and Kara Yancey added RBIs to ICC's cause.
Highland tacked two runs on in the fourth, as Brittany Davis and Pendarvis stole home for the Lady Rebs giving the Lady Cougars a taste of their own medicine and an 11-6 Highland advantage.
Haney made sure ICC didn't stay down long by leading off the bottom of the fourth with an inside-the-park homer.
Ariel Yancey later came home to score, as did Chelsie Yancey, giving ICC three runs in the frame, and pulling them within two, 11-9, setting up the Lady Cougars' big game-tying bottom of the fifth, on their way to a one-point win.
In addition to Haney's round-tripper, Huihui and Chelsie Yancey posted a single and double each, while Ariel Yancey and Courtney Blevins each singled.
Crystal Pendarvis paced the Lady Rebels with a triple, two singles and four RBIs. Nicholson added a double and pair of RBIs, while Ballow drove in two runs on one hit. Courtney Sublett added three hits, with Davis getting one and Butler posting an RBI.
Despite a bunch of walks and errors on both teams, the Highland Lady Rebels managed to post their first softball win of the year by squeaking past the visiting Lady Tigers of Evening Shade 19-15 March 15.
Megan Scribner earned the win for Highland (1-3), holding the Lady Tigers to four hits.
Angie Nicholson paced the Lady Rebs at the plate by racking up six RBIs and hitting a pair of doubles. Kristen Young added four runs-batted-in for Highland.
Former Lady Rebel Lauren Long led Evening Shade (2-1) with two of the Lady Tigers four hits on the game.
The Lady Cougars handed the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz an 8-1 loss March 17, with Chelsea Yancey posting the win for ICC.
Yancey also slammed a triple and double at the plate for the Lady Cougars.
Batterton drove in two runs on three hits, while Haney added two hits, and Blevins logged an RBI.
Melbourne scored their lone run in the first inning, with Yancey limiting the Lady Bearkatz to six hits after the first frame.