SHS girls get ‘big’ win

Published 12:02 am Friday, April 22, 2011

Straughn’s Tiffany Taylor hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to help lead the Lady Tigers to a 7-2 area win over Headland Thursday. The Lady Tigers are tied in first place with Ashford. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn scored three runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach, and the Lady Tigers beat Headland 7-2 in area action Thursday night.

The Lady Tigers held a 4-2 lead going into the seventh inning in which Tiffany Taylor hit pay dirt on a two-run single, and Katy Messick hit a sac fly to score the three runs.

“The hitting got kind of contagious,” SHS head softball coach Ray Wilson said. “When one hits, they all seem to follow. It was a big win.”

Kaitlynn Wiggins and Laken Harris led the seventh inning with a singles, and advanced to third and second on an error, respectively. Messick’s sac fly scored Wiggins, and Taylor’s two-run single scored Harris and courtesy runner Hannah Twitty.

With this victory, the seventh-ranked Lady Tigers improve to 29-8 overall, and 5-1 in Class 4A, Area 3. Additionally, the win brings Straughn in a two-way tie with Ashford for first place in the area.

Headland’s Kathryn Drew hit two solo home runs for the Lady Rams. Drew’s first home run came in the first inning, and then tied the game up in the fourth inning with her second solo homer.

Straughn’s defense kept Headland from scoring additional runs with the help of winning pitcher Paige Caraway. Caraway struck out eight and allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings.

The Lady Tigers took a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning on an RBI double from Tori Bracewell to score Twitty, and a sac fly from Payton Mitchell that scored Bracewell.

Straughn took its lead of the contest in the third inning when the Lady Tigers scored two runs with two outs on two hits.

“I was proud of the way we fought back,” Wilson said. “They took the lead, we got the lead back and they tied us up.

“We kept fighting and found a way to win,” he said. “They made one or two errors that helped and we also had big hits that scored some runs.”

Wiggins led off with a single, and stole second base. Harris doubled Wiggins home, and then Messick singled Harris home to help her team take the one-run advantage.

Wiggins was 4-for-4 with two runs; Harris was 2-for-3 with a double, a single, two runs and an RBI; Taylor was 2-for-4 with two RBIs; Kelli Wilcox was 1-for-4 with one single; Mitchell was 1-for-3 with one single and an RBI; Bracewell had an RBI double; and Messick had an RBI single.

Straughn will play Slocomb today at 4:30 p.m., and Geneva at 7:30 p.m. at the Elba Tournament.

Zack Maio of Covington County Sports provided stats from Thursday night’s game.

Editor’s note: Zack Maio of Covington County Sports provided stats from Thursday night’s game.