By EDDY GIFFORD
Dade County High School’s Lady Wolverine softball team traveled to Pepperell on Thursday to battle the Lady Dragons in a Region 7-AA game.
After two blow-out wins last week over region foes Dade got off to a slow start in this game going down in order in the first inning. The Lady Dragons took advantage of a pair of singles in the bottom of the first inning and took the early lead 1-0.
The Lady Wolverines got a lead-off walk in the top of the second inning, but a pair of strikeouts and a line drive out ended the inning without a run.
Pepperell added to their lead in the bottom of the second inning after a hit batter, stolen base and single produced their second run of the game to make it 2-0 after two innings of play.
Dade’s struggles continued in the third inning when they again went down in order but so did the Lady Dragons and the score remained 2-0.
DCHS finally scored in the top of the fourth inning when Ali Thompson led off the inning with a single. Kristen Fowler singled, Thompson then stole third and scored on a ground out to make it a 2-1 game.
After a scoreless fifth inning the Lady Wolverines rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead 3-2. Thompson singled and Kami Counts and KK Castleberry hit back-to-back doubles and Dade was on top.
Pepperell came back in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game on a double and single. Heading into the seventh the game was tied 3-3.
In the top of the seventh with one out Kayleigh Warnock walked, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on an error to put the Lady Wolverines on top 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh Warnock set the Lady Dragons down in order and the Lady Wolverines pulled out a hard fought 4-3 win over a tough Lady Dragon team.
Warnock picked up the win pitching seven innings giving up seven hits and three runs while striking out five and walking three.
Thompson led Dade at the plate picking up two hits and scoring two runs.
The Lady Wolverines are now 7-2 for the season and 3-0 in Region 7-AA.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Dade 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 04 07 00
Pepp. 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 03 07 01
DCHS is hosting LaFayette today at 5:30 p.m., and Armuchee on Friday at 5 p.m.