You know the story. You get caught in no-man’s land. Sometimes you escape. Sometimes you don’t. Wednesday proved to be the latter for Houston County. With two outs in the seventh, and the Lady Bears down 5-4 to Ola, the runner was caught between third and home. She was subsequently tagged out – catcher to third baseman to catcher to third baseman – to end the contest.
Things started out well enough for Houston County. It scored a run in the first when Madi Campbell and Makayla Krepps hit back-to-back singles with two outs. Campbell also stole second and came home on Krepps’. Campbell finished 2-3 with a walk. Krepps was 2-4 and also scored a run.
The Lady Mustangs answered the run with three in the top of the second. The Lady Bears cut it to 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on Ansley Garland’s sacrifice fly. Two innings later, however, Ola made it 5-2.
The Lady Bears began to close in the sixth. Campbell and Krepps again hit back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt by Hannah Otto moved them over but Campbell was thrown out at home on Lauren Ross’ fielder’s choice. An error on Kendall Huelsman’s grounder, however, enabled Krepps to score.
Alice Thomas (1-4) started the seventh off with a single. Abby McDowell walked. Thomas was already on third by that point – she took second on a wild pitch and stole third – and came in on Campbell’s ground out. The next struck out and that set the stage for the rundown.
Houston County used three pitchers in the effort: Olivia Brown, De’Jah Dunn and Rylee Lamb. Brown worked one and two-thirds innings. She gave up six hits, three runs while striking out one. Dunn worked two and a third. She gave up three hits, two runs, struck out one and walked two. Lamb worked three innings. She gave up just one hit while striking out three and walking one.
Elsewhere, Northside used an eight-run third to beat Peach County 9-4. The game had been tied at 1 up until that point, with the Lady Trojans getting their other three runs in the fifth – the final inning.