Athens Drive’s rally tops Lady Jackets’ slugging
For most of Friday evening's Tri-Nine softball contest against Athens Drive, Lee County looked as though it was back in the swing of things after two defeats earlier this week.
The Lady Yellow Jackets hit around the order for five runs in the second inning and Chandler Patterson's two-run blast spurred the Jackets to an 8-2 lead through four innings.
Then Athens Drive (2-5, 1-5) came back for a 10-9 victory for its first league win. Down to the last out, the Lady Jaguars got a single by Taylor Cesarski, then a bases-loaded triple by Keely Haggar to make it 10-8.
The Lady Jackets (3-5, 2-4) got the tying runner, Zizi Hammond, to second base in the bottom of the seventh, but that was as close as they could get.
Athens Drive took a 1-0 lead back in the first inning. After Lee County, with freshman Morgan Pedley doing the pitching, got a three-up, three-down Jaguar second, the Lady Jackets started rolling at the plate.
Allie Eyers started the Jacket second with a double to deep left field. With the bases loaded an no outs, Savannah Patterson's fly to center was dropped making for a 1-1 tie.
With the bases still loaded a couple hitters later, Megan Santell shot a single between short and third and two Jackets scored. A walk drawn by Nikki Hoover brought in a run and Santell scored on a wild pitch making it 5-1.
The Lady Jackets extended the lead in the fourth. With Hammond on base with a walk and one out, Patterson ripped a liner over the left-center field fence for a 7-2 Jacket lead. Still going in the fourth, Eyers singled in an RBI making it 8-2.
Athens Drive made it a game again in a hurry, scoring four runs in the fifth. Tanya Van Dyk's two-RBI triple was the big hit in the rally.
Savannah Patterson, also a freshman pitcher for the Lady Jackets, came on in relief starting the sixth and held Athens Drive in the sixth.
Sarena Triesh started the Lady Jaguar seventh with a single. Savannah Patterson got a strikeout for one down. A grounder to second resulted in an error by Eyers.
Sandra Danskin's single drove in a run, making it 8-7 Lee County, but the Lady Jackets got the second out with Chandler Patterson, at shortstop, fielding a chopper and tossing to third for a force play.
Savannah Patterson got an 0-2 count on Cesarski, who was already 3-for-4 on the day, but Cesarski singled into left to keep the game alive and load the bases.
Haggar, the Lady Jaguar third-place hitter, slashed a rocket grounder down the third-base line all the way to the fence to clear the bases. Haggar finished 3-for-4 with five RBI. Cesarski and Jenna Hiscock, the first and second hitters in the Jaguar order, scored three runs apiece.
Lee County still created a chance to tie or win. Savannah Patterson doubled with one out and moved to third on a single by Hammond.
Santell grounded out to third, but on a wild play as Hammond nearly overran Patterson near third base, Hammond scrambled back to second while Patterson went home and scored.
The Lady Jackets had the right bat, Chandler Patterson, at the plate but she hit a high pop to shortstop for the last out.
After a three-game winning streak, but now a three-game losing streak, Lee County will try to rebound facing three road games in three nights next week. The Lady Jackets start the road swing at Holly Springs Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.