Lady Hounds fall in wild battle with Pangburn
It was one of those games that felt like the last team to get to bat would prevail in, and that's just what happened.
Down by one run heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Pangburn Lady Tigers brought two runners in to score, lifting them to a 6-5 win over the Salem Lady Greyhounds in the opening round of the Class 2A State Softball Tournament May 11 at the Lepanto Sports Complex.
The Lady Tigers (25-11) crossed the plate four times in the home half of the sixth inning to move in front, 4-3.
However, Salem (23-5) didn't stay down for long.
Beth Thornton led off the top of the seventh with a single and then one hitter later, Rory Walling drilled a two-run shot over the fence in left to push the Lady Hounds on top, 5-4. Salem also got a double from Barbara Thomas and a pair of bunt hits from Allyson Walsh and Bailey York later in the stanza, but were not able to send any more runs home.
That left Pangburn down by a run going into the bottom of the frame.
Erica Linville led off the home half of the seventh for the Lady Tigers with a walk. Alyssa Lively pinch-ran for Linville and stole second - and also third on an error, to set the Lady Tigers up. After a pop-out for the first out of the frame, Summer Rains came through with a hit up the middle of the box to score Lively and knot the game at 5-all. Emma Thompson reached on the second Salem error of the inning, bringing Jasmine Baughman up to bat.
She lifted a sacrifice fly to the outfield that plated Rains, ending the game and giving the Lady Tigers a 6-5 victory over Salem.
The contest was scoreless through two innings of play, before Salem scored a pair of runs in the top of the third.
Walsh stole home on a botched pickoff attempt at third for the first tally of the afternoon, followed quickly by a sacrifice fly from York that brought Emily Pate in to score, staking the Lady Greyhounds to a 2-zip advantage.
That turned into a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth, as Erin Cameron belted a solo homer over the fence in center.
But Pangburn took advantage of a couple of Lady Greyhound errors, plus a solo homer from Tylar Vernon, in the bottom of the sixth to grab a 4-3 lead.
Walsh went four-for-four at the plate for Salem, also scoring a run. Rory Walling homered and drove in a pair, while Erin Cameron homered and had one RBI. Barbara Thomas doubled, with Emily Pate (run), Bailey York (RBI) and Beth Thornton (run) all hit safely for the Lady Hounds.
Walsh worked all seven innings in the circle for Salem, allowing five hits, while striking out six, walking three and hitting one.
Erica Linville went the distance for Pangburn, surrendering 10 hits, while striking out six.