LADY EAGLES KEEP ROLLING: Pleasant Home tops Red Level in area battle
Published 12:05 am Wednesday, April 4, 2018
The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles powered their way to a 6-0 victory over the Red Level Lady Tigers on Tuesday in Red Level.
In the top of the first inning, Elizabeth Cross walked Tami Hilson to start the game, but got the next batter to ground into a double play.
With two outs in the inning, Ava Bailey got a single.
Bess Worley came in to pinch run for Bailey and she moved to second when Amy Kate Bulger was hit by a pitch.
An error by Red Level then loaded the bases for the Lady Eagles.
Worley then came around to score on a passed ball to put Pleasant Home on top 1-0.
In the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Eagles, Bailey got the first batter to pop out before striking out the next two Red Level batters to end the first inning.
Pleasant Home got a single from Natalie Schwartz to start the top of the second and then she moved to second base when Daisy Cordle was hit by a pitch.
The Lady Eagles then pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third base with no outs.
Sarah McClung followed with a ground out to Tori Hall at second base, but Schwartz came around to score on the play.
Cross got another ground out from Hilson for the second out, but Cordle was able to score to put the Lady Eagles on top 3-0.
Hope Gunter followed with a two-out single, but Cross then struck out Bailey for the final out of the frame.
For the Lady Eagles, Bailey was on fire in the pitcher’s circle as she struck out the Lady Tigers in order in the bottom of the second inning.
Cross gave up a seeing-eye single to Bulger to start the top of the third inning, but was able to get a pair of ground outs and a strikeout to keep the Lady Eagles from extending their lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, Gracie Lee got a single to start the frame, but Bailey bounced back with a strikeout and two pop outs to keep the Lady Eagles on top 3-0 after three innings of play.
Cross continued to pitch well for the Lady Tigers as she kept the Lady Eagles off the board in the top of the fourth inning.
Bailey matched her counterpart in the bottom of the fourth inning as she sat the Lady Tigers down in order.
Not to be outdone, Cross followed suit and retired the Lady Eagles in order in the top of the fifth inning.
Summer Beverly singled to start the bottom of the fifth inning, but Bailey responded with three-straight strikeouts to end the inning.
Pitching remained steady as Cross sat the Lady Eagles down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth inning.
Hilson singled with a bunt to start the top of the seventh inning and came around to score on a single from Bailey.
The Lady Eagles tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly from Bulger.
Ansley Johnson scored the final run when she crossed home on a passed ball.
Bailey allowed just three hits and struck out 12 batters while picking up the win for the Lady Eagles.