Lady Indians fall prey to Manila

Friday, May 1, 2015

On a rainy and chilly afternoon, Manila (8-7) used a seven run fourth inning to break a 3-3 tie on their way to a 10-3 win over Marked Tree last Friday in a five inning non-conference softball game.

Holly Smith of Marked Tree blocks the plate before putting the tag on the Manila runner during high school softball action last Friday in Marked Tree. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

The Lady Lions took 1-0 lead in the top of the second before Marked Tree scored three in the bottom of the inning to go up 3-1. Bailey Dunn walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Abigail Hobbs drew a one-out walk and both runners advanced a base on a passed ball. Shinez Mitchell walked to load the bases before Brittany Pharis' fielder's choice forced Dunn out at home for the second out. Holly Smith ripped a triple to the gap that scored Hobbs, Mitchell and Pharis to make it 3-1. Manila plated two runs in the top of the third to tie the game up at 3-3.

Manila took advantage of an error, two hit batsman and an inside the park grand slam home run to score seven times in the top of the fourth to make it 10-3 Lady Lions. Marked Tree looked to answer as Taylor McCuiston and Pharis drew back to back walks to start the bottom half of the inning. Smith grounded out before a running blunder on McCuiston let Manila turn a double play. Tanna Tacker and Kayli Walker both walked to load the bases but Emily Bell grounded out to first to end the inning.

The Lady Lions tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth to stretch their lead to 12-3. Lady Indian Cameron Willoughby walked with one out in the bottom half of the inning before McCuiston drew a two-out walk to put two runners on. Pharis was next up and went down swinging to end the game.

Tacker took the loss for Marked Tree as she pitched five innings giving up 12 runs on four hits. She walked eight, struck out three and hit six batters.

Smith led the way at the plate with a triple and three RBIs. Hobbs, Mitchell and Pharis each scored a run.

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