Lady Cougars outlast Marmaduke in thriller
Freshman Brittany Fair came through in a big way for the Lady Cougars Monday afternoon, hitting a two-out RBI double to give Rector the victory at home over the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds. Fair's timely hit plated brought leftfielder Johnna Lopez all-the-way home from first base.
The Lady Cougars led much of the afternoon, with their biggest advantage being 6-0 through the bottom of the fourth, but Marmaduke came alive on offense down the stretch. The girls in blue saw an 11-7 advantage erased in the top of the seventh, as the Lady Greyhounds peppered the outfield with fly balls and came up with just-out-of-reach line drives to plate four runs in the inning, knotting the game up at 11-11.
Rector scored three runs in the first inning. Centerfielder Anna Blackshare started things off with a single. Kelly Fowler doubled Blackshare home. Kendal Gunn followed with a single to score Fowler, and wound up stealing second and third. Courtney Shepard hit a ground ball to bring in Gunn, putting the Lady Cougars in front 3-0 in the first.
Rector added three runs in the bottom of the third. Blackshare led off with a triple, and was brought home with an RBI single by senior Amanda Bradford, Gunn scored Bradford on a triple, then came home on a passed ball.
Leading 6-2, Rector plated three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Gunn hit a fly ball to right which was dropped, bringing in Fowler. Shepard singled to bring in Amy DeMent, who was pinch running for Bradford after she had been hit by a pitch. Shepard got caught trying to steal second, but the diversion allowed Gunn to score from third base, making it 9-2 in favor of the Lady Cougars.
Marmaduke scored five runs in the top of the sixth, closing to within two, 9-7.
Fair, subbed in as designated hitter, doubled in the sixth inning to bring home Lopez, who had drawn a walk to lead off the inning. Fair would later come home on a passed ball at third base, making 11-7.
Fair finished the day 2-2 with a pair of RBI doubles to lead the Lady Cougars. Gunn also finished 2-2 with a pair of RBIs. Shepard finished with a hit and two RBIs. Also hitting for Rector were Fowler 2-3 with an RBI, Blackshare 2-4, Bradford 1-2 with an RBI, Kaitlyn Essman 1-4 and Lopez 1-2 with a pair of walks.
Fowler picked up the win in the circle for Rector. She gave up six earned runs on 11 hits while striking out seven and walking four. Rector improved to 12-1 overall and 8-1 in conference 2A-3 action with the victory.
Win at Marmaduke
Rector also topped the Lady 'Hounds on the road last week, picking up a 4-0 win at Marmaduke.
Fowler was dominant in the circle, pitching seven shutout innings with five hits, eight strikeouts and no walks.
Bradford singled home Fowler in the top of the fifth to break open the scoreless contest.
Rector plated two more runs in the top of the sixth, when Blackshare singled to drive in Lopez and Lindsey Ford.
Gunn added the finishing touch with a run scoring single in the top of the seventh, bringing in Shepard to make it 4-0 Rector.
Marked Tree Loss
The Lady Cougars suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday, April 3, falling to the hosting Marked Tree Lady Indians, 2-0.
Rector couldn't get much going in terms of offense, managing just two hits on the afternoon.
Peyton Carter earned the win for the Lady Indians, giving up no runs on two hits while striking out 12 and hitting a batter.