Series split: Cathedral rallies to hand ACCS first district loss

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In last week’s duel between Cathedral High School and Adams County Christian School, Lady Rebel pitcher Shelby Mason got the best of Lady Green Wave pitcher Elizabeth Smith in extra innings.

This week, Smith grinned after the Lady Wave rallied to beat Lady Rebels, 3-2.

Smith dealt out seven, five-hit innings and tallied four strikeouts as Cathedral posted three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat ACCS.

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The Lady Green Wave senior out-dueled Brianna Henson’s seven innings, in which she struck out three, allowing three unearned runs on two hits.

“It feels great to beat them, great,” Smith said. “I know (Brianna) is fast … I know she can hit her spots.”

Both pitchers were cruising through the first three innings. Smith allowed a hit to Henson in the top of the first and a two-out, bunt single to Bailey Boyd in the third. With Boyd on first, Henson homered on a fly ball to deep left to giver her team a 2-0 lead. Henson fisnished 3-for3.

“Brianna is a really good hitter,” Smith said. “I just left it over the plate.”

Cathedral couldn’t figure Henson out through the first five frames. The lone hit was a bloop single from Lauren Dunbar before she was stranded on first in the third.

After allowing the home run in the third, Smith settled in. ACCS stranded two runners on base in the final four innings.

“We haven’t done it all year … we can’t string hits together,” ACCS head coach Tate Lipscomb said.

Cathedral’s rally began when Baylee Graning led off with a walk in the bottom of the sixth inning, Graning stole second and Caroline Kaiser moved her to third on a base hit. Kaiser stole second, moving the tying run into scoring position.

“We were at the point where we needed something to happen,” Cathedral coach Gary Blackwell said. “With Bailey on first, that’s when you try it.”

Cathedral tied the game on ball that didn’t reach the pitcher’s circle. Allie Feltus dribbled the ball back to Henson, but Feltus raced to the bag as the throw bounced into right field. Feltus reached second and Graning and Kaiser scored to tie the game 2-2.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh Lord,’ then I looked up and saw the first baseman missed it,” Feltus said. “It hit the tip of her glove … (on second) I looked at the scoreboard and it was 2-2.”

Haley Ellis dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Feltus to third. Blackwell called on Marty Lewis to deliver a ball to the outfield to give the Lady Green Wave the lead.

Feltus scored on Lewis’ sacrifice and Smith retired the final three Lady Rebels in order to seal the win.

ACCS (8-6, 4-1) suffered its first district loss Tuesday night. Cathedral (6-5, 4-2) is one game behind in the loss column.

ACCS still controls its own destiny, if it can hold down a 1-0 lead in an unfinished game against Columbia.

“It was easy, but now we have to battle,” Lipscomb said.

For Cathedral, Blackwell said it is a confidence boost for his team that stays within striking distance.

“We just have to hope somebody knocks them off,” Blackwell said.