After a wild comeback win at Valwood on the road last Thursday, the Lady Warriors learned they have to ability to battle in their final three outs at the plate. On Thursday, they did it again.
An even ball game early, the game entered the third inning all knotted up 3-3. After falling behind in the bottom half of the third inning 4-3, the Warriors responded.
In a pivotal top half of the fourth inning, the Warriors' charge was led by Anna McBride's triple. After a Kelley Richardson sac bunt brought McBride home to tie the game, Abbey Bustle was hit by a pitch. This allowed senior Dara Moore to step to the plate with a runner on base, which she took advantage of. Moore's homerun over the left field fence gave the Lady Warriors a 6-4 advantage. In the bottom of the fourth, Tiftarea responded with two outs of their own to tie the game at 6-6.
An eventful top half of the fifth for the Warrior offense provided the go-ahead run. Landry Joyner's leadoff double started things off. Ann Murray Jackson's sacrifice bunt advanced the runner, and Anna McBride's sacrifice bunt scored Joyner from third. The Warriors maintained that momentum, with a 7-6 advantage, by following it up with a three-up three-down bottom half of the fifth inning.
The Warriors left two runners stranded in the top of the sixth inning, which for a moment looked to prove disastrous. In the bottom of the sixth the Warriors appeared to have lost the game on hard-hit balls by the Lady Panthers and defensive lapses in the field by the Warriors. Four runs crossed the plate in the inning, and the Panthers controlled a 10-7 lead.
Resiliency and grit were personified in the top half of the seventh inning. With their backs against the wall, the Lady Warrior bats fought off defeat. Trailing 10-9 with two outs and a runner on, Abby Bustle connected, reaching second on an error and scoring Jessie Wortman in the process.
Senior Dara Moore stepped up to the plate with Bustle on second and two outs, and cleared the fence for her second homerun of the day. The two-run deep shot gave the Warriors a 12-10 lead, scoring five runs in their final at-bat.
After allowing runners to reach 1st and 3rd in the bottom of the seventh, Joyner induced a pop-up to Wortman for the final out. The Warriors had finished another thrilling comeback, and captured their third consecutive Region win.
The win improved the team to 7-3 Overall, 3-2 in Region.For in-game updates and continuous coverage of Brookwood Athletics, follow @BwoodWarriors on Twitter.