Opp rallies late for road softball win against Andalusia

Published 11:00 am Saturday, April 13, 2024

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Opp overcame a one-run deficit in the fifth and used a seven-run sixth inning for an 11-1 win at Andalusia in a varsity softball game on Tuesday, April 9.

The Lady Bobcats pushed their record to 20-4, while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 7-9.

Bradleigh Lanier and Reese Cauley both walked with one out before an infield fly. Taylor Adams reached on a miscue and loaded the bases before Kailey Jackson ended the inning on a groundout. Cauley retired the side in order on just 13 pitches and struck out two in the bottom of the first.

Rylie Kate Thrash reached on an error in the visiting second, but Jackson recorded three straight outs. Cauley worked fast in the bottom half and kept the game scoreless with two more strikeouts in the bottom half.

Jackson did not allow an Opp base runner in the top of the third. Andalusia drew first blood in its half. Sarah Katherine Reese took first on a miscue, and Natalie McGlamory reached on a catcher’s interference call. Taya Newton hit a pop-up to center with two outs, but an error sent Reese to the plate with the first run of the game. Cauley then induced a pop-up and kept the score 1-0 after three innings.

Adams took a leadoff walk in the fourth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Madie Wilson. Thrash and Autumn Green followed with back-to-back walks and loaded the bases. Jackson escaped the frame unscathed, but Cauley quickly retired the side in the bottom of the fourth with two more strikeouts.

Amaya Womack opened the fifth with a single and stole second before Lanier walked. Three batters later, Adams reached on an error as the Lady Bobcats took a 2-1 lead. Wilson extended the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single and brought home Adams. Jackson ended the inning with a strikeout. The Lady Bulldogs continued to struggle at the plate and went 1-2-3 in their half as the score remained 3-1 at the end of five innings.

Green, Jaidyn Ivey, and Womack began the visiting sixth with three straight singles. Lanier knocked a two-run single and plated Green and Ivey for a 5-1 lead. Faith Rudy brought home Womack and Lanier with an RBI single that stretched the cushion to 7-1. Addison Moseley then doubled as Adams walked. Wilson scored Rudy on a fly ball before Green gave Opp a 10-1 lead with a two-run double that brought in Moseley and Adams. McKenzie Barrow earned a single for Andalusia, but Cauley struck out the side and sent the game to the seventh.

Olivia Cravey picked up two quick outs in the top of the seventh. Cauley and Moseley followed with consecutive singles, and Adams delivered an RBI single for the final run. Cauley ended the game with another 1-2-3 frame.

Cauley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate and earned the win for the Lady Bobcats with a complete-game effort. She allowed one unearned run on one hit and struck out 14. Womack was also 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Moseley finished 2-for-5 with a run scored. Green earned a 2-for-3 showing with two RBIs and a run scored, while Lanier went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Barrow and Reese both earned 1-for-3 showings. Jackson allowed nine runs (six earned) on eight hits in five innings of work for the Lady Bulldogs. Cravey gave up two runs on four hits in two innings of relief.

Both teams return to area play next week. Andalusia travels to Dale County on Monday, April 15, while Opp welcomes Pike County on Tuesday, April 16.