By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Lady Wolverine softball team faced the Pepperell Lady Dragons last week looking to keep their undefeated region streak in tack. The Lady Dragons pushed DCHS in the earlier game at Pepperell when a seventh inning rally gave the Lady Wolverines at 4-3 win.
Pepperell opened the game with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly to take the lead 1-0.
The Lady Wolverines then got off to a rare slow start, going scoreless for the first two innings. In the third inning Ali Thompson led off with a single and then scored on a double by Kristen Fowler to tie the game 1-1. Fowler then scored on a single by Kami Counts and the Lady Wolverines had the lead 2-1.
The pesky Lady Dragons came back in the top of the fourth to tie the game 2-2 on one hit and a couple of past balls.
Dade answered in the bottom of the fourth when, with two outs, Stella Henry hit a triple and scored on a home run by Thompson to give them a 4-2 lead.
After a scoreless fifth inning Pepperell again tied the game with a pair of runs to make it 4-4.
In the bottom of the sixth the Lady Wolverines’ Alyssa Wilson led off with a single, Henry singled and Thompson hit her second home run of the game to put the Lady Wolverines up 7-4. Then after a pair of walks, Kaitlynn Stinnett singled to score Kristen Fowler and the lead was 8-4.
In the top of the seventh the Lady Dragons pushed three runs across and had two runners on with two outs when Emma Heard caught a line drive to end the game and DCHS claimed a hard fought 8-7 win.
Thompson had the hot bat for the Lady Wolverines with three hits, two home runs and five RBI’s. Henry also had three hits and scored two runs.
Kayleigh Warnock picked up the win pitching seven innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and striking out seven.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pep. 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 07 08 02
Dade 0 0 2 2 0 4 x 08 10 00
The Lady Wolverines hosted the Coosa Lady Eagles on Tuesday afternoon in the final regular season game of the year looking for their second perfect region record in a row.
The Lady Eagles made it interesting early as they hit two home runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Dade quickly scored two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game 2-2 and from that point on it was all Lady Wolverines as they put on a hitting clinic.
They scored five runs in the bottom of the second and then added five more in the bottom of the third to take a 12-2 lead heading into the fourth inning.
After going scoreless in the fourth Warnock set the visitors down in order in the top of the fifth to end the game with the Lady Wolverines claiming the 12-2 win and a perfect 12-0 record in region play for the second year in a row. The Lady Wolverines have now won 26 straight region 7-AA games, a school record.
Henry had two hits, an RBI and scored three runs while Kristen Fowler had two hits and three RBIs. Stinnett had two hits and four RBIs to lead the Lady Wolverines.
Warnock picked up the win pitching 4.2 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out four.
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Coosa 2 0 0 0 0 x x 02 03 05
Dade County 2 5 5 0 x 0 0 02 12 01
It’s state tournament time for the Lady Wolverines now and they will host Calloway on Tuesday in a double header with the first game starting at 4 p.m., and the second game to follow at 6. A third game, if necessary, will be play on Wednesday.
Calloway is the fourth seed from region 5-AA and comes in with an overall record of 9-14.
Dade will also host the second round if they win the Calloway series. Those games will be played next week with dates and times to be determined later.
The Lady Wolverines are looking for a big crowd to support them on Tuesday as they are looking for a long run in the state tournament that ends in Columbus in two weeks!