Late rally gives Lady Rebels emotional win

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Alecia Brown drove in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning yesterday as the Adams County Christian Lady Rebels picked up an emotional 14-13 win over the Parklane Academy Lady Pioneers.

Holli Hankins got the bottom of the seventh started for the Lady Rebels with a single. Riana Flynn laced one into the outfield and stretched the hit into a double as Hankins motored around third and scored to tie the game at 13.

Then, with two outs, Brown ripped a line drive into the outfield, scoring Flynn, the winning run.

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‘Yes it was (an emotional win) for them,&uot;&160;Pickler said. &uot;We got down early and the kids fought back extremely hard.

&uot;They showed a lot of character by not giving up.&uot;

Parklane jumped out to an early 10-run lead before ACCS rallied to close the gap to 11-9 in the bottom of the third inning.

Parklane added a run in the top of the fourth, but the Lady Rebels tied the game for the first time in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh, when the Lady Pioneers scored a go-ahead run and put the pressure on the Lady Rebels in the bottom of the inning.

&uot;We’ve been battling Parklane ever since we began playing softball,&uot; Pickle said. &uot;Every year since then, either they’ve won the state or we’ve won the state. We know they’re going to be our main competition each year – not taking away from the other teams.&uot;

Charmaine Reagan, Kelsie Messer and April Floyd led the Lady Rebels with three hits apiece, while Brandi Case, Alecia Brown and megan Marchbanks recorded two each.