Rebels defend home field against VerbenaBy Staff Reports Published 5:13pm Tuesday, April 22, 2014
By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
Thorsby’s varsity softball team defended its home field Monday with a 14-2 win over Verbena.
Behind the pitching of Allie Yeargan, the host Rebels (10-11 overall, 3-2 area) shut down the Red Devils in order through the top of the first inning.
Five walks to Rebel batters then led to five first-inning runs.
Aided by a run-scoring single from Keela Lucas and a two-run single from Kaley Perdue, the Rebels led 5-0 after the first inning of play.
The Devils (1-14) threatened in the top of the second inning with three straight singles from Makayla Mims, Samantha Dopson and Jennifer Moore, but two strikeouts and a forced out at second got the Rebels out of the inning unscathed.
Thorsby loaded the bases in the bottom half of the second inning with two outs, but a ground ball to Mims at shortstop resulted in a force out at second base and brought the inning to an end.
Verbena went down in order through the top of the third inning, while the Rebels added four more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Five walks, a run-scoring single from Lilly Barnett and a two-run double from Perdue gave the Rebels a 9-0 lead after three innings of play.
A Chelsea Ray double to center field in the top of the fourth led to a run-scoring single from Jennifer Moore to put the Red Devils on the board.
The Rebels added five more runs to their tally, again taking advantage of several bases on balls, in the bottom of the fourth inning.
A Katelyn Green single to start the top of the fifth inning led to a run-scoring single by Dopson, but with the score at 14-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the game would be called because of the mercy rule.
Yeargan pitched five innings for the Rebels, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five.
Perdue went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, and four RBI.
Makaylie Kelley handled the pitching for the Red Devils, allowing 10 earned runs.
Dopson and Moore both went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.