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The Hebron Christian Diamond Eagles (16-9; 5-0) were 2-1 overall, counting their 3-0 conference win over Winona on Thursday and a split in the Carroll Academy Tourney this weekend. They got a win over Magnolia Heights, but Jackson Prep was too much for Hebron, finally defeating them 3-1.
Things got off to a good start, as the Lady Eagles rounded off the week at Winona.
Neither team could score in the first, but Hebron finally got on the board in the second inning, with two runs. Alaina Hill singled to get things started, and she was bunted over to third later in the inning by Chloe Tapley.
Cathryn Moore then came to the plate and ripped a triple that drove in Hill for the first score. Magen Tapley then came to the plate and laced an RBI single to give her team a 2-0 lead.
Things remained that close until the fifth inning, when Hebron came to bat, needing some insurance. Magen Tapley reached on a fielderâ€™s choice, and she moved to second on a single by Jessica Flemming.
Tori Nichols came to bat, and she drew a walk. The Hebron patience paid off when Beverly Blake also drew a base on balls to drive in the third run for the Lady Eagles.
Despite leaving 10 runners stranded on base, Hebron scattered seven hits, including the one by Hill. She also sccored a run. Chloe Tapley had a double, and Moore had two hits, including a triple and an RBI.
Magen Tapley had two hits, a run and an RBI. Flemming finished the game with one hit.
Chloe Tapley started the game in the circle, and she pitched a solid six innings, striking out nine and scattering three hits.
â€śWe missed a couple of opportunities to widen our lead but just didnâ€™t get the good hit at the right time,â€ť said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley. â€śI thought Winona was tough at the plate today. They gave Chloe some battles and their short game was pretty good.â€ť
On Saturday, the team went down to Carroll to try their luck against Magnolia Heights and Jackson Prep.
Hebron faced Jackson Prep first, and they got off to a good start when Beverly Blake hit a line drive to the gap, in which she was able to come all the way around to score.
In the third inning, Prep got some things going with the bats, and they were able to score twice to take the lead.
By the final inning, Hebron was still trailing, but back-to-back singles by Moore and Magen Tapley led the last at-bat off for the Lady Eagles.
Prep was up for the challenge, however, and the Lady Eagles were unable to move the runners any further.
Hill finished the game with a hit. Moore had two hits.
Magen Tapley had a hit, as did Blake, who scored the gameâ€™s only run.
Brittany Ousley had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2.
Chloe Tapley had five innings in the circle, striking out five in the loss.
â€śI thought we had a great opportunity to pull off a big win,â€ť Tapley said. â€śThe rain made it a hitters day and we actually out hit Prep but just couldnâ€™t string out enough hits in a row to do any good. We left six stranded.
Hebron got off to a shaky start in the first inning against Magnolia Preps, loading the bases with nobody out.
A line drive was hit hard but right to Hillary Arnold, who double up the runner at third. MHS would score twice in the inning, but that would be all they would get off Chloe Tapley in the first.
They would go on to take a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Hebron came to the plate in their final at-bat, trailing 3-0. Prysilla Skelton led off the inning with a walk. Hill and Chloe Tapley singled back-to-back to load the bases with no outs.
Moore came to the plate, and she lined a double to center, driving in the first two runs of the day for Hebron.
A pass ball scored Tapley, who slid into home for the tie.
Magen Tapley and Beverly Blake were intentionally walked back-to-back to bring Nichols to the plate.
Nichols did not take kindly to the walks ahead of her, and she let her opponent know by hitting a walk- off single to center to drive in Moore for the win.
Hill finished this game 1-for-1, with a run. Chole Tapley had a hit to go along with another win in the circle.
Moore had a hit, a run and two RBI.
Nichols had the winning hit and the RBI. Skelton finished the game with a run scored.
â€śThis was a good team win against a strong AAA opponent,â€ť Tapley said. â€śAfter missing an opportunity in the first game we were not about to let this one get away from us but finally got our bats going. I like the fact that we kept battling.â€ť
The Lady Eagles will play Thursday at Calhoun, starting at 4 p.m.
The Daily Times Leader will have a wrap-up from last nightâ€™s final home match against Central in Wednesdayâ€™s sports section.