Lady Mustangs run-rule Whiteoak
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:06 PM
MOWRYSTOWN — Though the Southern Hills Athletic Conference game was played at Whiteoak High School on Wednesday night, the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs were the home team, and in the process, they won a “home” game on the road against Whiteoak in five innings by a 15-5 score.
Lynchburg-Clay's Hayley McConnaughey went 4-for-4, including one home run, against Whiteoak on Wednesday at WHS. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
The run-rule win by the Lady Mustangs saw the score tied at 4-4 at one point in the second inning and saw them trail by a 5-4 score once the top of the fourth was complete.
From there, though, the game belonged to the Lady Mustangs with nine runs in the bottom of the fourth, then two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the conference win. The first four runs for LC came with a two-run first and two-run second frame.
WHS scored two runs in the first inning and three in the third.
In the Lady ’Cats first inning, Jaycie Parr (1-for-2, hit by pitch, one run) and Lexi Jones (2-for-3, two runs, 1 RBI) each scored runs with Jones and Katie Ames (2-for-3, one RBI) having an RBI. The top of the first began with a one-out double by Parr, followed by a two-out single by Jones to knock in Parr. In the next at-bat, Ames had a two-out single to score Jones.
LC’s bottom of the first inning consisted of a lead-off single by Serah Whitacre (3-for-3, hit by pitch, two steals, two runs, three RBI), followed by a run-scoring fly out to centerfield by Cailee Elam for an RBI out to score Whitacre. Next was a two-out solo home run that jumped off the bat of Hayley McConnaughey (4-for-4, two runs, two RBI, one home run) for the 2-2 tied score.
LC took the lead in the SHAC game in the second inning, beginning the inning with five straight singles, scoring Hannah Morgan (2-for-3, one walk, two runs) and Morgan Parks (2-for-3, three runs, 3 RBI) off RBI singles from Parks and Whitacre.
Trailing by a 4-2 score, the Lady ‘Cats came back with a three-run third as Megan Botts, Jones and Ames all rounded the bases, as WHS had three singles in the inning from Botts, Jones and Ames. Also finishing Wednesday’s game with a hit for the Lady ’Cats was Sydnie Raines (1-for-2).
Then came the bottom of the fourth for the Lady Mustangs, and the entire landscape of the game completely went in favor of the Lady Mustangs.
LC not only scored nine runs, but they collected five hits and took advantage of two errors and a hit-by-pitch. Eight different LC players scored at least a run in the fourth inning, with Parks scoring two runs, and with one run each were Whitacre, Serena Smith, Elam, Amber DeBoard (3-for-4, one run, two RBI), Morgan, Jasmine Dearwester and Makayla Fittro.
Gaining RBIs in the fourth inning for LC were Whitacre (two), Smith, Elam, DeBoard (two) and Parks (two).
The bottom of the fifth saw LC complete their scoring and end the game with Elam and McConnaughey rounding the bases. Elam opened the inning with a walk, followed by an RBI double by McConnaughey. Next came a base hit by DeBoard, a walk by Morgan and a one-out RBI single by Chelsea Hart (1-for-1, one RBI) for the run-rule win.
The winning pitcher was DeBoard, finishing with five strikeouts.