Rebels come back for win over MHS

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Back in time: Thorsby’s Haley Barnett slides back into first base during Monday’s game before Maplesville’s Kiana Andrews can catch a pick-off attempt and apply a tag. THS scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 10-9 comeback win.

By James Dubuisson | Special to the Advertiser

The Lady Rebels of Thorsby High School defeated Maplesville on Monday afternoon, 10-9.

MHS went up 2-0 in the top of the first inning off of two doubles and a single from the first three batters in the lineup.

After the Lady Red Devils’ set down the first two Lady Rebels batter of the game, Braiden Gottier reached base off an MHS error. THS would take advantage of the extra out. Josie Adams was the next batter for THS. She found a pitch that she liked and drove it to left field. The softball carried over the fence for a two run homerun that tied the game at 2-2.

The game stayed that way until the top of the third inning, when MHS went up 5-2.

THS would cut that three-run lead to one in the bottom half of the inning, as runs scored off of a Lady Red Devil error and a RBI groundout by Kelly Nord.

MHS appeared to have put the Lady Rebels away when they extended their lead to five with a four run fourth inning. They led 9-4 with only three innings left to play.

But coach Rachel Argent’s Lady Rebels were not done yet.

Senior Whitley Hines got THS’s rally started with a one out single in the bottom of the fourth inning. Savannah Bice and Taylor McManus followed suit with singles of their own. McManus’s single drove in Hines to narrow the gap to four runs. The next Lady Rebels’ batter, Gottier, hit a sacrifice groundout that drove Bice in.

THS completed their comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Lady Rebels trimmed the lead to two runs when McManus drove in her second run of the day. MHS’s lead was down to one run after another THS RBI single, this one coming off the bat of Gottier. Gottier would later score the eventual winning run off of an Adams double.

THS led 10-9 heading into the final frame. Starting pitcher Taylor McManus was able to finish her complete game victory, holding MHS scoreless in the last stanza.

The whole team contributed in the batter’s box, as eight of the 10 Lady Rebels that had at-bats reached base in the game. Adams led the team, as she had a double and a home run, which led to her 3 RBI.

Natalie Arnold was 4-for-4 at the dish for the Lady Red Devils.