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Lady Knights hold on for win

Posted: September 10, 2014 - 12:13am
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Lakeside's Sydney Fisher avoids Evans shortstop Elyssa Melton's tag while advancing to third in the first inning.   Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Lakeside's Sydney Fisher avoids Evans shortstop Elyssa Melton's tag while advancing to third in the first inning.

In the end, it was the Region 2-AAAAA frontrunnners who were able to hold on for the win Thursday night.

Entering the bottom of the seventh inning at Lakeside High School, the Evans Lady Knights needed a Brooke Buck strikeout with two on and two out to stop a Lakeside uprising, winning 10-7.

Each team was able to take advantage of the other’s miscues, with the Lady Knights (8-2, 3-0 region) committing four errors while the Lady Panthers commited three.

Evans coach Colette Cassedy was glad for the win.

“A good team can find a way to win, whether you’re sluggish, sore, hadn’t played in a while, or semi-banged up, you find a way,” Cassedy said.

Trailing 2-1, the Lady Knights struck for six runs (two earned) in the second inning to take control. The Lady Panthers committed two errors, with the Lady Knights’ Taylor Hayes, Savannah Gabriel, Ashton Odom and Jenna Cliatt each driving in a run.

Lady Panthers sophomore pitcher Sydney Fisher was tagged with the loss, allowing the 10 runs (six earned) with two strikeouts and four walks.

Fisher said the team was anything but demoralized after the game.

“I just think that we know we can do it, and we know we can push to get it because we always have that one bad inning that kind of costs us the game,” said Fisher, who also led the team with two hits. “We’re a little more pumped and we know if we come out here and do our job right we can upset some of these teams.”

Samantha Davis, who usually comes in on the late innings in relief of Buck, started and like the Lady Knights got off to a slow start, allowing two runs in the first inning while walking three.

She started finding her groove in the second inning with one out and the bases loaded. A strikeout and pop-up ended the inning and she went on to fan four of the next five batters. She got the win while going six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts and five walks.

“It took her a little while to warm up, but when she does warm up she’s usually spot on,” said Lady Knights’ senior catcher Samantha Peka, who had two hits including an RBI triple and scored three times.

Odom led the Lady Knights with three hits and scored twice.

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