by Riley Hicks
Walking to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Fayette Tigers were down by five runs and looking to complete a comeback. It started with just a walk but after that the Tigers got red hot at the plate. They were able to put 17 on the scoreboard, part of a run of 21 unanswered runs, to officially end the game in the fourth inning and finish off a massive rally in Tuesday night’s 22-10 Senior Night victory.
“They came back and fought hard from behind and it payed off,” Tigers head coach Cassie Lawrimore said. “This is pretty much our attitude all season that you don’t give up no matter how behind you are.”
In the top of the first inning, the Mustangs took advantage the pitcher India Martin, who was subbing for ace Lindsey George. The inning started with a walk followed by a hit from Seymone Dargan, then K’yanna Wimbish had an RBI single to bring in the first run of the game. It was just the beginning for the Mustangs as they pounded out hit after the hit. By the time the dust settled, they held a 9-0 lead after one inning.
Badly in need of a spark, Tiger senior Rikkelle Miller stepped to the plate and stepped up for her team. Morrow tried not to give the dangerous hitter anything to work with, so Miller lunged out and hit a pitch way low and away, pushing it down the third base line. She legged out an infield single as the dugout came alive.
“I was going to hate to lose on my senior night, and I’m just glad we pulled it out,” Miller said.
Miller used her wheels to move up to third on a pair of wild pitches and was driven in by Martin on a sacrifice for Fayette’s first run.
The Mustangs found one more run in the top of third as Wimbish brought in Dargan to make the score 10-1. After the bumpy start, Martin settled in and shut down Morrow, not allowing them string anything together the rest of the night.
“I had to take breaths and listen to my catcher,” Martin said. “Next time, I am going to (focus on) pitching with the right rhythm.”
In the bottom of the third the Tiger bats finally woke up. Rasheedah Hasan drove one deep to center to drive in two runs as she raced around the bases for a triple. Miller hit a sky-high fly to center which was dropped to plate a run. Martin followed with another sacrifice to score Miller again and drop the deficit to 10-5 at the end of the third inning.
After a scoreless top of the fourth, the Tigers hoped to just chip away at the gap in their half of the frame. They did that and kept right on going. The inning started off with two walks and a hit by Destiny Edwards to load the bases. Another walk brought in the first score of the inning, and Hasan drove in a pair. Martin followed with a two-run double.
Continuing to apply pressure with patience at the plate and smart base running on a number of wild pitches, the deficit quickly went away. Jessica Wallace joined the fun with a two-run hit, and Miller blasted the ball to center to bring home two more. The hot-hitting Treasure Smith put the game on the brink of the mercy rule, and Maddie Houser finished off the Mustangs, hitting the ball down the right field line to plate runs 21 and 22. In the fourth inning alone, the Tigers scored 17 runs as they rolled to the 22-10 victory.
The Tigers look to build on the momentum as they take on the Whitewater Wildcats Wednesday night and the Starr’s Mill Panthers Thursday night.
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