Houston County was “this” close to sweeping Region 1-AAAAAA rival Lee County – longtime nemesis, even – Thursday at home.
The Lady Bears were leading 8-5 heading into the seventh when the Lady Trojans’ bats came alive. Actually, a pair of errors and a walk helped pave the way. At any rate, they scored four, kept a couple of Houston County players from scoring in the bottom of the inning, and won 9-8. (Despite being out-hit 15-8.)
The Lady Bears had to settle instead for an 11-3 win in the first game. That was one in which it led 8-0 by the end of the second and needed six innings to complete.
Makayla Krepps drove in four of those runs. She was only 1-4 with a walk, but that one was a grand slam.
Tess Rollins and Ally Fleming combined to keep Lee County in check. Rollins went two and a third. Fleming went three and a third. The first gave up three hits, the second two. (Houston County had nine.) Rollins also struck out one and walked two. Fleming fanned four and didn’t walk a batter.
Kendall Huelsman was the main offensive contributor in the nightcap. She was 4-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
The day left Houston County 8-3-1 and Lee County 6-7 overall. Both stand at 1-1 in the region.
Elsewhere, it was: “What goes around, comes around” for Veterans. Wednesday, the Lady Warhawks beat Perry 8-7 with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth by Chloe Barnes. (They were actually trailing 7-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth.)
Thursday, it was the other way around, as Veterans fell to Wayne County 6-5 with a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh.
All told, the Lady Warhawks stand at 4-7.