2011-03-10 / Sports

Lady Eagles Sneak by Thorndale 16-4

by Mike Organ

No, the headline is not wrong. It is an oxymoron, but true. Lexington fell behind Thorndale 0-4 in the second inning, scrapped back to tie the game with two out in the seventh, and then blew the game wide open in the top of the ninth inning with a 12-run barrage.

Thorndale scored four runs in the home half of the second inning on four hits and a walk. After Lexington got the uprising under control, Thorndale got only one more hit the rest of the game.

Lexington began the rally in the third inning. Megan Scantlin slapped a single toward shortstop. The T-dale shortstop threw wildly and late as Scantlin moved to third. A wild pitch put the first Green run on the board.

Courtney Robertson blasted a solo homerun to put the next Lexington marker on the board in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 4-2.

Down to their last at- bat Lexington rallied in the top of the seventh. Scantlin slapped a double past the Lady Dog defense with one out. Mackenzie Brown laid down a bunt, the pitcher picked up and threw wildly to first allowing Scantlin to score and Brown to get to third. Meghann Wrinkle put down a sacrifice bunt to score Brown and tie the game.

Courtney Robertson launches a home run in the Lady Eagles game against Thorndale. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Courtney Robertson launches a home run in the Lady Eagles game against Thorndale. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Neither team scored in the eighth inning. Marley Ross got a single but the Lady Eagles could not advance her.

Then the magical ninth inning happened for the Mean Green. Veronica Richardson led off with a triple to the right field corner. Scantlin slapped a ball toward the shortstop with Richardson heading home. The throw went home too late and Lexington led for the first time in the game. Brown singled, Wrinkle singled, Robertson plated two with a single, Jatzlau doubled two more home, Boettcher singled, and Kristen Schneider struck out but made it to first ahead of the throw as Jatzlau scored. Richardson was hit by a pitch and Scantlin reached on a fielder’s choice. Brown had a single to load the bases. Wrinkle hit a hard grounder through the second baseman’s legs and the centerfielder overran the ball as all three runs scored. Robertson doubled to score Wrinkle with the 12th run of the inning.

Robertson held Thorndale in check with only one hit outside the four in the second inning. Robertson struck out 13 and walked two in the nine inning affair.

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