Melbourne knocks off Cedar Ridge
A timely hit could not have come at any better time for the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz in the third place game of the 2-2A District Tournament at Salem April 21.
And that timely hit came off of the bat of Maggie Cooper.
Tied with Cedar Ridge at 2-all with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Cooper came through with a double to center that scored two runs and propelled the Lady Katz to a 4-3 victory over the Lady T-Wolves.
Cooper's big blast plated Megan Whitehurst and Stacee Hargett.
Cooper also picked up the win in the pitching circle, working seven innings and allowing five hits, while striking out five and walking one.
Cedar Ridge jumped on top quickly with a pair of run-scoring triples in the top of the first inning, giving the Lady T-Wolves a 2-0 advantage they would enjoy until the home half of the third.
In that third inning, Cooper started things for Melbourne with a hit to short. She then swiped second, and later third.
A fielder's choice from Kenzi Gillihan plated Cooper for Melbourne's first run of the game and then Tori Rush stepped into the batters box and smacked a hit that scored Amanda Treat, locking the game at 2-all.
That's the way things stood until the home half of the sixth, when Michelle Arnold reached base on a soft infield roller. After a fielder's choice left Melbourne with two outs remaining in the frame, Hargett took one for the team, drawing a walk after getting plunked by a pitch.
Then with the bases loaded and two down, Cooper shot a ball into center that drove home two runs to edge Melbourne on top 4-2.
Cedar Ridge picked up one run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly, but the Lady T-Wolves could get no closer and Melbourne took third-place honors in the district tournament with the 4-3 win.
The Lady Bearkatz opened play in the 2A North Region Tournament with a 9-1 victory over Buffalo Island Central April 25 at Melbourne.
The Lady Bearkatz punched their ticket to the state tourney with the win over BIC.