They battled and battled. And then they battled some more.
The Lady Warriors got their backs up and their gloves out. They got down and dirty. They mixed it up like a middleweight prize fighter at Madison Square Garden.
Only LaGrange Academy was playing fast pitch softball on Monday afternoon. The Lady Warriors got some top tier defense from left fielder Kelsey Cotton and shortstop Laney Lackey.
LaGrange Academy scattered base runners all over the softball diamond. The Lady Warriors wiped out a three-run deficit. La-Grange Academy piled up eight hits. LaGrange Academy also got an 11strikeout performance from junior pitcher Amber Corley.
And the Lady Warriors still lost to Terrell Academy, 5-3 in an agonizing eight-inning game at Charles Parker Field.
“It was one of those days. We started slow. We always do. We didn’t hit particularly well, and you can’t make mistakes in a close ball game,” said Parker, the namesake of the field and the head coach of the Lady Warriors.
LaGrange Academy didn’t always play well, but they always played hard. In the top of the fifth inning, Terrell Academy (Dawson, Ga.) had runners on second and third with two outs. The Lady Warriors still got out of that trouble spot with a Corley strikeout.
Cotton also backed up her pitcher with a leathertapping catch on a line drive from Emily Sosby of the Lady Eagles. In the top of the sixth inning, La-Grange Academy denied the Lady Eagles once again, courtesy of three strikeouts from Corley. She struck out Terrell Academy’s Briley Solis, Ally Debary and Sarah Stevenson.
The game was tied at 33, and then it almost wasn’t. In the bottom of the sixth, LaGrange Academy senior Megan Allen looked as though she was going to score on a single from freshman Caley Worsley. Allen was thrown out at home plate, however.
In the seventh inning, LaGrange Academy did everything, but score once again. The Lady Warriors nearly won the game on a Laney Lackey single to left field and a Natalee Waddell double to center field. Neither girl touched home plate.
Lackey and Waddell were stranded at second and third when the inning concluded. Sooner or later, Terrell Academy pitcher Ally Debary put out the fire with a garden hose. Terrell Academy would go on and rally with a tworun top of the eighth to grab a 5-3 lead.
The go-ahead run came in on a single from Lady Eagle freshman Sarah Stevenson. She also scored the fifth run of the game for Terrell Academy on a Lady Warrior wild pitch.
“We were nervous. Both teams wanted it. We just ran the bases and hoped and prayed,” said Stevenson.
LaGrange Academy dropped to 5-2 on the season with the loss. The Terrell Academy Lady Eagles were escorted out of town with a 5-5 record. Terrell Academy was upbeat all the way home.
“We’re learning how to win. We’re getting confident, and we’re hitting the ball hard,” said Robbie Brogdon, the head coach of the Lady Eagles.
Terrell Academy finished the game with five runs on nine hits.
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Chris Fernsler Sports Writer