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July 18, 2013

Lady Eagles hang on to beat Warriors

Sean Gorman
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MARLOW — After settling for a tie in its first game Thursday against Velma-Alma, the Waurika softball team made it clear that it would accept nothing less than a win in its second contest versus Chattanooga.

The Lady Eagles used another strong start to gain a lead that would never be taken away, earning a 3-2 victory against the Lady Warriors at Southwest Park in four innings.

“I think our pitchers struggled a little bit in the beginning, but our bats made up for it,” Waurika coach Ivy Fitzgerald said. “We hit the ball much better, were more aggressive on the bases. The first game seemed like more of a warmup, then we came out here in the second game and played a lot better.”

Chatanooga took an early lead in the bottom of the first, scoring on an error, but it was not meant to last for long.

The Lady Eagles stormed back in the top of the second, starting when Hannah Wade scored from second on a double to deep center. Skylar Bartling kept the offense going with an RBI double and then scoring on a passed ball from third base with Alyssa Masoner at the plate.

It was all the offense Waurika would need.

Replacing starter Karrington Morris, Kirstin Berthiaume shut the door on any chance of a Lady Warrior comeback, allowing just one run in the game’s final three innings.

Chattanooga made things interesting when it cut the lead to 3-2, but lost momentum after a runner was tagged out at home by Hannah Wade and failed to get anyone on base after that point.

Berthiaume pitched best when she needed to, finishing the fourth inning in just four batters and securing the Lady Eagles win by forcing a ground out to second base.

The Lady Eagles will be back in summer league action at Southwest Park Monday afternoon.