By Bryan Davis
Last week’s loss to Starkville Academy snapped a four-game win streak for the Lady Eagles of Hebron Christian School. The 9-4 beating by the Lady Vols did not get Hebron down for too long though.
Last Thursday, Calhoun Academy came to town for a visit, and it was a short one. The Lady Eagles got back into the win column with a 17-1 victory over the Lady Cougars.
“I thought we played well,” said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley. “With 14 hits and seven of them being for extra bases, we seem to be swinging the bat hard.”
Chloe Tapley, who has pitched very consistent ball for Hebron in the early going this season, took to the circle, and she simply dominated.
The Lady Cougars were able to jump out on the board early, with a first-inning walk, followed by an RBI double.
“After giving up that first inning hit and our first run in conference play Chloe was pretty much lights out after that,” Tapley said.
That walk and hit accounted for two of just three base runners Calhoun would have reach all night.
Tapley retired 12 of the next 13 batters in rout for the win. That one base runner was a walk in the fifth.
Hebron came out in the bottom of the first and got two runners on. However, they could not generate the offense with the runners aboard to get them in.
That could not be said for the Lady Eagles in the bottom of the second inning. The offense more than made up for not scoring in the first, getting nine in this frame.
The Lady Eagles would not score again until the fifth, when Alaina Hill drove in the tenth run for Hebron.
The fourth inning was the icing on the cake for Hebron, as they drove across seven runs to complete the mercy rule win.
Tapley finished the game with five innings pitched, giving up one hit with 11 strikeouts.
Jessica Flemming led the offense with three hits, which included two doubles, a triple, two runs and five RBI.
“Jessica hit well, and the top of our line up continues to be steady,” said Tapley. “It is nice to see a different player keep having these big games at the plate like Jessica did today.”
Hillary Arnold had a pair of hits for Hebron, including a double and two runs. Chloe Tapley combined her pitching performance with a one-hit day at the plate, scoring two runs as well.
Cathryn Moore had a 2-for-3 night, with a double, a pair of runs and two RBI.
Magen Tapley had two hits, including a double and a pair of runs scored. She drove in three as well.
Hill had the lone double and three runs scored.
Prysilla Skelton was 2-for-2 with a run, and Beverly Blake had a hit and two runs scored. Tori Nichols had a run, and Bittany Ousley had an RBI.
Hebron will be at home tonight to face Kirk, and they will host Kemper on Thursday night at 4 p.m.