DECATUR - Hebron Christian School reached the double-digit victory mark last weekend after splitting a two game set at the Kemper Academy/East Miss Community College Tournament.
The Lady Eagles improved to 11-6 on the season with just a handful of games left to play on the schedule.
Chloe Tapley threw her third consecutive no-hitter in Hebron’s 15-0 victory over Russell Christian. Tapley struck out nine batters in just four innings of work.
The Lady Eagles dominated from the opening pitch scoring one, three, two, five and four runs respectively in each of the five innings played.
Holly Hudson went 3-for-4 at the plate including a double and three RBI. Tori Nichols and Brynn Latham also finished with a pair of hits in the win.
“Our 11 hits were pretty good,” head coach Cass Tapley said. “It was nice to see some of the younger ones get a multi-hit game.”
Celebrations for the easy victory didn’t last long as a costly error sent the Lady Eagles home with a loss, 2-1 to Heidelberg Academy.
The game was scoreless between Hebron and 5th ranked Heidelberg until the seventh inning when Nichols doubled and Beverly Blake followed with a single to give the Lady Eagles a slim lead 1-0.
Things took a turn for the worse in the bottom half when miscommunication in the outfield allowed HA to score an inside the park home run to send the game into extra innings.
Hebron failed to score with an automatic runner on second in the eighth but Heidelberg earned the victory with a squeeze bunt to score the winning run.
“This was a very frustrating loss,” Cass Tapley said whose team out hit Heidelberg 7-2 and failed to score on several occasions leaving 13 runners on base.
“We had several hard shots with runners on base but it just went right to the HA fielders,” he said. “Some days are just like that but you still have to find a way to win and we did if we just make a routine play. If we are going to make a run at the state title, which we are, the bottom half of our lineup has got to improve their short game and our outfield has got to be more consistent.”
Tapley said he was happy with how the veterans really stepped up on the day.
“Tori and Beverly gave us the lead,” he said. “Chloe went back-to-back in the circle in the middle of the day and pitched an outstanding game. Alaina (Hill) had as good a day behind the plate as ever and RJ (Falkner) had a good day at third.”
Hill, Falkner, Chloe Tapley, Nichols, Blake, Latham and Brooke Griffin all had a hit for the Lady Eagles.
In the circle, Chloe Tapley gave up two hits and three walks while striking out 14 batters in the loss.
A recap of Monday’s game against Calhoun will be in the next edition of the Daily Times Leader.