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Veterans tops Houston County; Perry holds off Northside

Veterans has beaten Northside twice and now it has also beaten another cross-town opponent, Houston County, twice. The Lady Warhawks edged the Lady Bears Aug. 18, 8-6. Wednesday they won 15-7.

As is sort of becoming the norm, the Lady Hawks scored late to ultimately take the win. Veterans scored first with three runs in the first, but Houston County tied it in the top of the second and then went ahead 6-3 with three in the top of the third.

Veterans took the lead back in the fourth with five runs. It kept it for good with four in the fifth and three in the sixth and final inning.

It out-hit the Lady Bears by the same margin, 15-7. There were seven errors between the two, four for Veterans and three for Houston County.

Several helped lead the offense for the Lady Warhawks. Hailey Sanford was only 1-5, but she earned three RBIs in the process. Ellie Batten also drove in three while going 1-2. She also scored twice. Alli Eidson was 2-4 with a walk. She drove in two and scored twice. Abby Heisterkamp was 3-4. She drove in one and scored twice.

Arianah McKenzie was 3-4 for the Lady Bears. She scored twice. Maddie Mules was 1-3 and drove in two.

Kasey Gibson worked five innings for Veterans to earn the win. She gave up six hits, four runs, walked three and struck out three.

Jacy Harrelson took the loss. She went four innings, gave up eight hits, 10 runs, walked three and struck out two.

Veterans improved to 7-1 while Houston County fell to 4-9.

Elsewhere, as it almost did the day before against those same Lady Warhawks, Northside came up just short in its rally against Perry.

The Lady Panthers were leading 11-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth when the Lady Eagles cut it to 11-7. Perry put two more on the board in the top of the fifth, but Northside added three to make it 13-10. The Lady Panthers made it 15-10 with a pair in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Eagles scored four – a two-out grand slam by Madelyne Lee. Celena Luna walked following, but the next hitter struck out to end it at 15-14.

Lee ended the day with a whopping eight RBIs. She went 3-4 and had she not been called upon to lay down a sacrifice bunt, might have hit for the cycle. (She got the double and triple.) Luna also homered while going 2-2 with three walks. She drove in two and scored twice. Those two also share times on the mound. Luna went four innings, Lee three. The first gave up 11 of Perry’s runs and 11 of Perry’s 17 hits while walking six. Lee walked three and struck out one.

Reagan Hughes homered for the Lady Panthers while going 2-4 with a walk. She drove in four and scored one. AliRae Dykes was 3-4 with a walk, two driven in and one scored and Trinity Odom 2-4 with a walk. She drove in three and scored once.

Hughes also earned the win. She worked five innings, gave up eight of Northside’s 11 hits and eight of its runs. She walked four.

Perry improved to 5-1. The Lady Eagles fell to 3-5.

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