By Bryan Davis
The Diamond Eagles of Hebron Christian School continued their domination of the region on Monday night, with an 18-2 win over Central Academy.
For the last two weeks, Hebron has been on an offensive surge that has been coupled with good defense and excellent pitching.
Central was able to hold the Lady Eagles to minimal damage for the first four innings, but in the fifth, Hebron exploded.
“It really took us a while to adjust to the pitching,” said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley. “We didn’t have any K’s in the game but just couldn’t do anything with the ball for a while.”
The Lady Eagles smashed 13 hits, and they drew 15 walks in the beating.
Hebron got its first run in the top of the third inning, going up 1-0. That would remain the score until the top of the fifth.
In that inning, the Lady Eagles erupted for five runs, to make it a 6-0 advantage.
It looked like Central was going to get out of the sixth, still down 6-0, getting two outs with no runs scored. However, the Lady Eagles would score 12 two-out runs to seal the victory.
“I can’t say that I have ever been a part of a 12 run, two out rally,” Tapley said.
Central got two runs, but it was not nearly enough to erase an 18-run deficit.
Cathryn Moore led the Lady Eagles in hitting with three in five at-bats. She scored two runs.
Alaina Hill had two hits and three runs scored. Tori Nichols had two more hits to add to her mounting total, including a double and a triple. Hillary Arnold, Chloe Tapley, Magen Tapley and Brittany Ousley also picked up hits for Hebron.
Beverly Blake scored three runs for the Lady Eagles as well.
Chloe Tapley was in the circle again for Hebron. She has been pitching very well of late.
Monday’s game was no exception, as she pitched six innings, striking out 10 batters on just two hits.
“We did get a little sloppy in the field there in the last inning, but I think my varsity is giving me their best effort and I think I am starting to figure them out a little bit,” Tapley said.
On the junior varsity side, Hebron shut out Central’s JV team 7-0.
Brynn Latham, Hannah Loper, Subrina Oswalt, Shelby Arnold and Brooke Griffin all got singles for the Lady Eagles.
Our JV defense is really starting to come around,” Tapley said. “Our infield is all sixth and seventh graders, and I think they may have had one error in the entire game.”
Beverly Blake earned the win in the circle.
The Lady Eagles will play Thursday at home against Calhoun County at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.