Panthers pour it on late
By Stephen Dawkins
VERBENA – Jemison spoiled Verbena’s Senior Day with an 8-3 win on Tuesday.
The hosts have two more regular season games left and then an area tournament, but Tuesday was the last home game for catcher Tori Applegate, center fielder Brandy Driver and first baseman Haley Thornton.
Verbena kept it close most of the game, trailing by one run, 2-1, after four innings.
But Jemison scored one run in the fifth on a groundout by Samantha Glass and a second run on a two-out hit by Tiffany Guin to take a 4-1 lead.
Guin was the winning pitcher for Jemison, holding Verbena to five hits and four walks in seven innings while striking out 10 batters.
The Panthers struck for four more runs in the top of the sixth inning to put it away.
Shelby Lopez plated Tanya Liveoak and Dallis Vanderslice on a triple, and that hit was followed by run-scoring doubles by Amber Simmons and Samantha Glass.
Down 8-1, Verbena rallied in their last turn at-bat. Guin walked Thornton, Krista Rodriguez and Mattie Cleckler before recording an out, and Haley Kelley brought home two runs on a double.
But Guin was able to work out of the jam without allowing any more damage.
Chanin Hancock suffered the loss for Verbena.