Lady Scots sink Pirates in extra innings

By: By Amber Hatten-Staley - Sports editor
Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots first baseman Katie Smith does the split on a throw from center field to get Lumberton’s Autumn Pittman on the tag.

LAURINBURG — The Lady Scots softball team needed to extra innings to pick up their eighth win in nine games over Lumberton on Friday.

Freshman second baseman Madison Williams hit the walk off single in the eighth inning to give the Lady Scots the 6-5 win over the Lady Pirates.

“I told the girls pre-game that we would have to it with this team and limit our errors to beat Lumberton,” Romaine said. “We did just that matching their 10 hits and committing three errors. Fortunately those errors didn’t cost us this time. We took the lead 2-0 in the third on a throwing error by Lumberton’s short stop.”

Lumberton cut the Lady Scots lead to one with a solo home run by Erin Maynor, but the Lady Scots answered with a run of their own in the fifth inning to hold a 3-2 lead. Maynor hit another solo home run to kick off the sixth to tie the game 3-3.

The Lady Pirates scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to lead, 5-3.

Senior Macie Gibson opened the seventh inning with an infield hit after 0-for-3 the rest of the game. Sophomore Katie Smith hit a fly out before senior Katie Lighthall sat on a pitch and crushed a two-run home run to tie the game and force extra innings.

Sophomore BreAnna Steele shut down the top of the Lady Pirates line up as she went the distance tossing all eight innings. Steele allowed five runs off 11 hits with five errors, two walks and three strikeouts.

“I put pressure on the bottom of my line up telling them had hadn’t done much of anything all night,” said Romaine.

Junior Jenna Byrd started off the inning getting on base being hit by a pitch. Byrd advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Kandon Luquer. Junior Kassee Lowe moved Byrd to third on a sacrifice hit. Williams then took her first pitch and drove it to right field to win the game.

The Lady Scots improves to 9-7 overall and 5-7 in conference play while Lumberton moves to 13-7 overall and 7-5 in SAC-8 play. Richmond leads the conference at 12-0 followed by Purnell Swett and Jack Britt are tied for second at 8-4 followed by Lumberton in third at 7-5.

Hoke sits in fifth place at 6-6 ahead of Scotland, which sits in sixth at 5-7 ahead of seventh place Pinecrest at 2-10 and Seventy-First at 0-12.

The Lady Scots will host Richmond on Wednesday, April 25 for Senior Night at 7 p.m. The game was moved due to inclement weather.

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Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots first baseman Katie Smith does the split on a throw from center field to get Lumberton’s Autumn Pittman on the tag.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_1310.jpgAmber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots first baseman Katie Smith does the split on a throw from center field to get Lumberton’s Autumn Pittman on the tag.

By Amber Hatten-Staley

Sports editor