McManus’ pitching, Barnett’s hitting pace Rebels to win

Published 8:19 am Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thorsby's Lily Barnett throws from her knees to first base for an out during Tuesday's game against Maplesville.

Thorsby’s Lily Barnett throws from her knees to first base for an out during Tuesday’s game against Maplesville.

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

Thorsby’s varsity softball team picked up a 7-1 win at home on Tuesday night at the expense of cross-county Maplesville.

A Josey Smitherman infield single got the game started for the Maplesville (4-10 overall, 2-2 area), but three consecutive outs stranded Smitherman on second base and brought an end to the top half of the first inning.

Three walks issued to Thorsby batters in the bottom half of the first inning contributed to a 1-0 Rebels lead after one inning of play.

Maplesville picked up its only run of the game in the top of the third inning on an Alexus Nix solo home run.

The score wouldn’t stay tied for long as the Rebels (6-9, 2-0) added one more run in the bottom half of the third inning when a Lily Barnett single set up a run-scoring single by Kaley Perdue to give the Rebels a one-run lead.

Maplesville went down in order in the top of the fourth inning, while the Rebels picked up three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

A Barnett single scored Ashlyn Chancellor, Taylor McManus scored on a wild pitch, and a Christian Niece sacrifice fly to center field scored Barnett to make the score 5-1 in favor of the Rebels.

Thorsby added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning as Chancellor plated Allie Yeargan, and one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Barnett scored on a wild pitch that brought the game to its final score of 7-1.

McManus pitched a complete game for the Rebels, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out five.

Barnett led the Rebels at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and three runs scored.

Alyssa McGee handled the pitching for Maplesville, allowing five earned runs in six innings on eight hits and seven walks.

Nix led at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run.