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BRHS softball overcomes 5-run deficit to beat Dadeville

Published 9:54pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dadeville High School squandered a 7-2 lead to fall to rival Benjamin Russell High School 9-8 at Pam Robinson Field on Wednesday.

“It’s tough, the girls are frustrated,” DHS coach Brownie Caldwell said of blowing the lead. “We’re not focused for two hours.”

BRHS opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning after Dadeville pitcher Rae Williams gave up a walk to Karlee Robinson. Williams struck out Deandra Ransaw before Raven Wright beat out a bunt single.

With runners on first and third base and one out, Amber Cleveland hit a two-run double to plate both Wright and Robinson, and the Lady Wildcats took a 2-0 lead.

Dadeville grabbed the lead right back after BRHS pitcher Ashley Jones gave up a three-run home run to Andrea White. The blast plated Janie Moran and Shae Heard, who reached first base on an error.

Following the dinger, Dadevile’s Jodie Caldwell grounded out to first base, Jones walked Williams and Montrena Johnson reached first base on an error. Destiny Green helped clear the bases for DHS with a three-run triple. Green would later score on a passed ball to extend the Dadeville lead.

Jones was pulled in the top of the third inning and replaced by Haley Milner, who would finish out the game.

Reba Hawkins beat the throw to first on a bunt and scored Chandler Hardin to put the Lady Tigers up 7-2.

“We had too many errors and too many walks,” BRHS coach Pam Robinson said. “We had five each and you can’t give a good team 10 base runners.”

Williams handled the Lady Wildcats in the bottom of the third. She retired the side of Tatum Gandy, White and Robinson in order.

Wright scored for BRHS in the bottom of the fourth inning after being walked by Caldwell and advancing on a steal of second base and a single by Leslie Langford. Wright scored during the next at-bat on a single by Lysa Haynie. BRHS cut the Dadeville lead to 7-3 at the end of the fourth inning.

A Hawkins walk and then a steal of second base put things in motion for DHS in the top of the fifth. Hawkins would score on a Moran double. Dadeville took an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the inning.

The Lady Wildcats cut into the Dadeville lead during the next half inning. Gandy hit a double to lead off while Robinson hit a single. Gandy crossed the plate with help from a Ransaw double and Robinson scored on a sacrifice fly by Wright.

Ransaw scored on a double by Cleveland, which cut the lead to 8-6. Langford was walked, which put the go-ahead run at the plate for the Lady Wildcats. A single by Haynie plated Cleveland and put BRHS down by one to end the inning.

Milner retired three straight Dadeville batters to end the top of the sixth inning.

Wright hit a two-run single that brought in Robinson and Y’Keona Kelley to give BRHS the lead with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Dadeville’s Moran was thrown out at first with runners on first and third to give the Lady Wildcats the comeback victory.

“The kids stayed in it,” Robinson said. They kept going after it and battled through the errors. I’m very pleased with that.”