LAURINBURG — The Lady Scots softball team picked up two wins on Monday night in non-conference action against South Columbus.
After a gut-wrenching loss to East Columbus to start the season, the Lady Scots bounced back with comeback wins in both games. In game one, the Lady Scots rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning to trample the Lady Stallions, 5-4. Since it was school night, both games were only five innings instead of the normal seven.
The Lady Scots found themselves in a similar situation at the start of game two, down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first. With runners on second and third, Lady Scots catcher Jenna Byrd walks but not before a pass ball scored Katie Lighthall from third base. Maggie Laviner ended the inning with a hit back to the pitcher.
Down 1-3 the top of the second inning saw Lady Scots pitcher Sarah McCall quickly retire the side. South Columbus sent four batters to the plate — McCall struck out two, walked two and got some help from her defense to get a pop fly third out.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Scots started off in a hole with a pop fly out to right field by first baseman Bree Steele and a ground out by MacKenzie Powell. Center fielder Kayla Walker walked with two outs to start the Lady Scots rally. Junior Macie Gibson found a hole in the South Columbus infield with a slap hit to occupy first base before Lighthall hit a ground ball into the dirt right in front of the batter’s box. Lighthall booked it down the line to load the bases.
McCall then hit a double past South Columbus’ short stop to score two runs before Lighthall got caught in a run down at third base for the final out of the inning. With the game tied 3-3 McCall went back to work in the circle. The Lady Scots senior made quick work of the Lady Stallions with a pop fly, ground ball and a hit to third base for three back-to-back outs.
The Lady Scots went three up, three down in the bottom of the third inning. The Lady Scots held South Columbus scoreless in the top of the fourth before making their move.
The fourth inning started with a stand-up double by Steele had hit off the wall. Powell followed with a line-drive double to center field. With runners on second and third Nakiya Locklear popped out to the short stop for the first out of the inning.
Gibson hit a slap pop to third base for the second out before Lighthall hit a two-run single to center. On the throw home, Lighthall advanced to second to put herself in scoring position. In the batter’s box, McCall crushed a fast ball that went all the way to the wall, but was hauled in by the center fielder.
Back in the circle, McCall had to work her way out of a jam in the top of the fifth inning. The Lady Scots defense quickly got their pitcher two outs with a hit back to McCall and a fly out to center it looked like the game was done. South Columbus gave the Lady Scots a scare with a double down the third baseline to start a two-out rally.
Powell then dropped a line-drive that was hit right to her at second, but she couldn’t hold on and dropped the ball. Lighthall got the final out of the inning on a infield ground ball.
The Lady Scots moved to 2-1 on the season and South Columbus moves to 0-2.
The Lady Scots were on the road Tuesday night against Cape Fear in more non-conference action. The team has the next nine days off before they host Southern Lee on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.