Opp downs Kinston in final at bat

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Morgan Pierce slides in safely under the tag for the winning run.

Morgan Pierce slides in safely under the tag for the winning run.

Opp fell behind early but rallied back to defeat the Kinston Lady Bulldogs 4-3 on senior night Tuesday in Opp.


KHS took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Marley Jacobs drove in Breeona Biddle with a run scoring single.


In the top of the third inning, the Lady Bulldogs pushed the lead up to 3-0 when Destinee Harrison stole home, and then Bayler Holley drove in Collie Weeks for the Lady Bulldogs’ final run of the game.


The Lady Bobcats begin to claw their way back into the contest in the bottom of the third when Ariyon Hightower drove in Tori Reisnor with a RBI single.


Anna Harrelson then drove in Hightower with a sacrifice fly to bring the Lady Bobcats within one run.


KHS got a two-out single from Anna Elmore in the top of the fourth, but Reisnour ended the threat moments later by hosing Elmore at second attempting a steal.


In the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Bobcats tied the contest up 3-3 when Bailee Boyd plated Katlynn Schively with a run scoring single.


KHS appeared that they would take the lead in the top of the seventh inning when an error with two outs kept the inning alive for the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs loaded the bases two batters later, but Courtney Chatham got the next batter to pop up to the catcher to end the threat.


The Lady Bobcats started strong in the bottom of the seventh when Chatham leadoff with a double that was scorched into the gap in right center. Morgan Pierce then entered the game as pinch runner for Chatham.


Harrelson followed with a rip into that outfield that moved Pierce over to third.


Paige Johnson then laid down a bunt, and Pierce raced home sliding in under the tag for the winning run.


Harrelson finished the contest 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Lady Bobcats. Boyd went 1-for-2 with an RBI, as did Hightower.


“We started out flat and Kinston jumped out on us quick,” Lady Bobcats’ coach Jimmy Reeves said. “I was proud of the way that we hung around long enough to win. Glad we got celebrate our seniors tonight with a win. We have six good seniors, and they all contributed tonight. The girl that scored the winning run, Morgan Pierce, she comes out here everyday and practices base running. She doesn’t always get to play a lot, but she came in and found a way to score for us.”