Back-to-back doubles cap Veterans rally

Kyndall Foster and Skyler Welford hit back-to-back doubles – the last a walk-off – to cap a three-run rally that lifted Veterans to a 6-5 win over Houston County Thursday at home.

Anna Dumas and Trinity Thiel each singled to start the inning off for the Lady Warhawks. Raegan Stella came in to pinch run for Thiel. A pop up and a fly out kept both runners in place and put two outs in the books. Foster then doubled to center. It scored Dumas and got Stella to third. Welford’s double then brought both in for the win.

Veterans trailed in the game 5-1 at one point – the top of the sixth – as the Lady Bears put a run on the board in the first, second and third and then plated two more in the top half of the aforementioned inning.

The Lady Warhawks’ first run came in the fourth. They threatened to do more, but with two outs, Grace Hardee’s bullet from centerfield on Dumas’ first single beat the runner by three feet at home.

Two more in the bottom of the sixth, however, put it within reach and set the stage for the come-from-behind win.

All told, Houston County out-hit Veterans 14-10. Lauren Ross helped lead the offense. She went 3-4 with a run scored. Taylor Peebles was 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Madi Campbell went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Megan Whitaker went 2-4 with an RBI. Hannah Otto went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored and Grace Hardee went 1-3 with a walk. Her one, however, was a homerun and good enough for her to collect an RBI.

For Veterans, Welford went 2-3 with a walk. Kaylee Brown went 3-3 with a run scored and Dumas went 2-3 with her RBI and a run scored.

Peebles did most of the work for the Lady Bears on the mound. She went six innings, gave up eight hits and five runs. Two others, Rylee Lamb (two-thirds of an inning with two hits and a run) and Caitlin Carey relieved her.

Jenna West pitched five innings for the Lady Warhawks. She gave up 10 hits and three runs. Emily Myers relieved her. She yielded four hits and two runs.