Lady Tigers claw past T.R. Miller
Published 12:05 am Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Straughn Lady Tigers traveled to Brewton on Tuesday and handed T.R. Miller a 2-1 defeat thanks to a strong pitching performance from Sydney Arnett.
Arnett got some early run support in the top of the first inning when Molly Stewart came around to score.
Stewart led off the top of the first inning by drawing a walk on four-straight pitches to get the visiting Lady Tigers in business.
After a wild pitch and passed ball, Stewart stood on third base with Colby Adams at the plate.
Adams ripped a single down the right-field line allowing Stewart to score easily from third.
Pitching with the lead, Arnett got the first batter to ground out to third.
The next batter picked up an infield single, but Arnett produced a ground ball to force out the runner going to second on fielder’s choice.
After another single, Arnett got another ground out to end the inning.
Straughn couldn’t get anything going at the plate in the top of the second inning, but still held a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second inning, Arnett got a ground out to start the inning and then struck out the next two batters looking.
Dallas Mackoff reached to start the top of the third inning, but a double-play and a ground out followed.
Arnett started the bottom of the third by producing a ground ball right back to her for the first out.
Arnett struck out the next batter and got a ground ball to end the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Brentley Armstrong reached when she scorched a ground ball to second base causing an error. However, a fielder’s choice erased Armstrong going to second.
With Straughn still leading 1-0, Arnett fanned the opening batter of the bottom of the fourth and proceeded to sit down the T.R. Miller batters in order for her third-straight perfect inning.
Adams picked up her second hit of the game in the top of the fifth inning, but the Lady Tigers weren’t able to add to their lead.
Hayden Willis came in as a relief pitcher for Straughn in the bottom of the fifth inning and immediately got the first batter she faced to pop out.
Willis struck out the next batter and the got a ground ball for the third out, keeping T.R. Miller without a baserunner since the first inning.
Kristin Peavey got things started in the top of the sixth inning with line-drive single to center.
After advancing to second base on a wild pitch, Peavey came around to score on a single from Sarah Langford.
Willis picked up a pair of strikeouts to start the bottom of the sixth inning, but an error and two singles allowed T.R. Miller to cut Straughn’s lead down to 2-1.
Willis struck out the final batter of the inning with the tying run standing on third.
T.R. Miller got a single to start the bottom of the seventh inning, but the next batter was called out after a bunt attempt that hit the batter in the box.
Willis struck out the next batter and then Stewart throw out the runner attempting to steal second for the final out of the game.
Arnett picked up the win for Straughn, allowing just two hits and striking out four in four innings of work.
Adams led the way at the plate for Straughn going 2-for-4 with one RBI.