Rain came as a sweet relief to most in the Clay County area on Thursday evening. While it poured in West Point, the Hebron Christian Lady Eagles were still able to get their home game in against Marshall in Pheba.
It was a tough night for the Lady Patriots, who came all the way from Holly Springs just to fall to the Lady Eagles 6-1.
Every person in the Hebron starting lineup got a hit on the night, amounting to 13 total the Lady Eagles. Marshall was held to just three on the evening.
“We did out-hit them 13-3, but we still weren’t as crisp as we need to be at the plate,” said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley.
Alaina Hill got the scoring parade started in the third inning, when she came to bat with Magen Tapley already on the bases.
Hill’s hit drove Tapley in for the game’s first run, and the Lady Eagles never looked back.
In the fourth, the offense continued to roll, as Tori Nichols led off with a double. Dakota Hillhouse came to the plate and took her spot at second, doubling herself for an RBI.
Later in the inning, Heborn was threatening again, with Hilary Arnold and Chloe Tapley on the base paths. They would come in to score to make it 5-1 Hebron.
In the sixth inning, the Hebron offense put the icing on the cake, when Beverly Blake came to the plate, with Hillhouse on base. She singled to drive her teammate in for the sixth run of the night.
Hebron got contributions from everybody in the lineup, as Arnold finished the night 1-for-2, and Chloe Tapley wound up with a 1-for-3 performance.
Cathryn Moore had two hits in three at-bats, and Magen Tapley finished with one hit.
Hill and Jessica Flemming completed 1-for-3 performances for Hebron as well.
Nichols led the team with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Hillhouse also smashed two hits and two doubles for the Lady Eagles. Blake finished 1-for-3.
“Tori and Dakota had a great game at the plate,” Tapley said. “They really crushed the ball.”
Hitting in the 7 and 8 spots, they combined to go 5-for-6 with four doubles.
“Anytime we can get that we should be tough,” Tapley said.
Chloe Tapley started the game on the mound for the Lady Eagles. She turned in a solid four-inning night on the hill, with seven strikeouts.
Flemming wrapped up the pitching on the night with two innings of work. She struck out one and gave up two hits.
Tapley says that the defense was pretty steady all night as well behind the two pitchers.
“Moving Tori to first and Magen to SS is still working well,” Tapley said referring to a defensive switch up he made prior to the season starting.
In junior varsity action, the Lady Eagles had some good offensive support, but they fell to the Lady Patriots in extra innings, 9-7.
Rebecca Faulkner had two hits in three at-bats for Hebron, as well as scoring two runs. Brooke Griffin had a hit and three runs scored on the night.
Both teams will take on Oak Hill Academy on Monday night at Hebron, at 4 p.m.