Lady Rebels lose heart breaker

Published 2:05 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Another chapter in the ACCS-Parklane rivalry ended in dramatic fashion as Parklane’s Lindsey Clark hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Lady Pioneers the win.

It was another classic game between two of the top slow-pitch softball programs in the MPSA as Parklane jumped out to a 4-1 lead after one inning of play, but ACCS (5-4) battled back to send the game into extra innings.

“They got timely hits,” Lady Rebels head coach Rick Fife said. “When they got runners on via the walk or via the error, they got the hit and we didn’t.”

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The Lady Rebels trailed 4-3 when Brittany Smith singled, moved to second on a sacrifice by Hannah Southerland and scored on a single by Cristin Rymer to tie the game.

But earlier in the game, they hit into two double plays, which turned out to be costly.

After Parklane scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, ACCS pitcher Leeann Gardner settled down and didn’t give up a single run for the next six innings.

The Lady Rebels got back in the game by scoring one run in the top of the fourth inning and one in the top of the sixth.

Yet somehow, the Lady Pioneers ended up winning the game despite being out-hit 12 to eight.

In addition to her game-winning home run, Clark had a double and went 2-for-4 and Jana Hutson was 3-for-3. Sara Beth Fuller, Alex Foster, Rymer and Smith each had two hits for the Lady Rebels.