By Bryan Davis
It’s been a tale of one-run ball games for the Lady Eagles over the last two weeks. They’ve won some, and they have fallen as well. Last Thursday, the Hebron girls had a bout with Kemper Academy, at home.
On this one-run occasion, the Lady Eagles prevailed by a 2-1 score.
“We moved Freshman Alaina Hill into the leadoff spot on Tuesday and it sure paid off today,” said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley.
The game was scoreless through the first two innings, as Chloe Tapley took to the circle for Hebron, as she has done faithfully all season.
In the third inning, the Eagles jumped out in front, drawing first blood that started with a triple by Alaina Hill. Chloe Tapley then came to the plate with a chance to help herself.
She did so by laying down a bunt that would squeeze home the first run for Hebron making it a 1-0 game.
For the next three innings, the Hebron pitching and defense would hold strong, maintaining the slim lead. In the sixth inning, however, things got a little scary for Hebron when the starter Tapley walked a batter. One thing led to another, and a pass ball allowed Kemper to tie the game 1-1.
Just like so many other times in the last two weeks, regulation ended on the Lady Eagles, with the score tied.
As extras started, the pitcher Tapley kicked it into an extra gear. She got a pop out and two strikeouts to end the threat in the first extra inning.
Hill started the bottom of the inning at second base for the Lady Eagles. Tapley then helped her cause by moving the runner over to third on a force out ground out.
Cathryn Moore then came to the plate with a golden opportunity. She took full advantage by smashing a walk-off single. The clutch hit landed in the outfield and scored Hill to end the game.
That gives the Hebron team an undefeated (4-0) record in conference play this year.
Hill had one hit in the game, along with scoring the winning run. That was the triple she later scored on in the third.
Cathryn Moore was 2-for-4 in the game with one RBI. Magen Tapley had a hit, along with Beverly Blake, who was 1-for-2.
Brittany Ousley had a hit as well.
Chloe Tapley finished the game with one hit and a squeeze bunt RBI.
In the circle, she completed eight innings of work, striking out a season-high 17 batters, allowing two hits and two walks. She has 32 strikeouts in her last two games.
“I thought our Seniors stepped up this game,” said Tapley. “Magen and Cathryn moved the ball at the plate and had an outstanding day in the field at shortstop and third. Hillary also made some good stops at second.”
Tonight, the Diamond Eagles will be back in the field, this time at home against Winston. The first game will start at 5 p.m. It will be followed by a B-Game at 6:30.