Softball squanders seven-run lead

By: By Amber Hatten-Staley - Sports editor
Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots catcher Jenna Byrd looks towards the dugout for the sign from assistant coach Morgan Brann during Tuesday’s game against Lumberton. The Lady Scots fell to the Lady Pirates, 14-11.

LAURINBURG — The Lady Scots six-game win streak was snapped after a slug fest with Lumberton on Tuesday.

After scoring eight runs in two innings, it appeared the Lady Scots had Lumberton right where they wanted them — but looks can be deceiving.

The Lady Pirates rallied in the third putting up five runs to shrink Scotland’s lead to two runs, 8-6. Lumberton took the lead with a seven-run fifth inning to take a 13-8 lead. The Lady Scots responded with three runs in the top of the seventh inning, but couldn’t make up the difference falling to Lumberton, 14-11.

“We knew coming in if we had a chance to beat the second place team in the conference we would have to hit a lot and score a lot,” said Lady Scots head coach Adam Romaine. “We came out hitting the ball, 10 hits in the first two innings, but Lumberton scored five unearned runs in the third inning after three unforced errors on our part. We battled back in the seventh scoring three runs. I’m proud of what the girls did at the plate, we just dropped the ball in the field and gave away too many runs.”

The Lady Scots eight-run first inning featured six singles from Macie Gibson, Katie Smith, Bree Steele, Mason Roberts, Kandon Luquer, Madison Williams and a second single from Gibson as the team batted through the order.

Lumberton responded in the third inning with five runs in the third spurred by a two-run home run by senior LeeAnn Nobles.

Senior Katie Lighthall had a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning with two outs as the Lady Scots attempted a last minute rally. A walk to junior Kassee Lowe put a runner on for the Lady Scots. A fly out by Williams gave the Lady Scots one out, a ground ball by Gibson forced Lumberton to tag Lowe at second.

With two outs, Smith hit an RBI single to right that scored Gibson from second. Smith was brought in by Lighthall’s home run. A ground out by Steele ended the Lady Scots rally and the game.

Smith started the game for the Lady Scots tossing five innings allowing eight runs off six hits with six errors, three walks and two strikeouts. Steele came on in relief and pitched the final two innings allowing six runs off four hits with three errors, two walks and a strikeout.

The Lady Scots move to 8-7 overall and 4-7 in conference play while Lumberton improves to 13-5 overall and 7-3 in SAC-8 play.

The two teams will finish out their series on Friday in Laurinburg, first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Lady Scots will wrap the regular season next week against Richmond.

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Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots catcher Jenna Byrd looks towards the dugout for the sign from assistant coach Morgan Brann during Tuesday’s game against Lumberton. The Lady Scots fell to the Lady Pirates, 14-11.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_1133.jpgAmber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots catcher Jenna Byrd looks towards the dugout for the sign from assistant coach Morgan Brann during Tuesday’s game against Lumberton. The Lady Scots fell to the Lady Pirates, 14-11.

By Amber Hatten-Staley

Sports editor