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Kendra Balthrop catches a pop fly at shortstop during Monday’s game against Elmore City-Pernell.

It doesn’t always have to be pretty because a win is a win.

That’s the way the Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys took it after beating Elmore City-Pernell 2-1. This one came in true “walk-off” fashion as the winning run scored in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs on a bases loaded walk. The win puts Bray-Doyle at 7-0 this season.

“This win was good for us,” Lady Donkey head coach Ross Ridge said. “One of the reasons we won that game was because we were disciplined at the plate. Another reason is we had a tight defense and our pitcher and catcher worked well together.

“Our sticks were quiet today, but they (Elmore City-Pernell) have a good coach and he was calling good pitches. Everybody has a bad day at the plate. The key is to relax and eventually those hits will find holes.”

The Lady Badgers got on the board in the top of the fourth for their only run with a two-out RBI double to right-center.

The Lady Donkeys answered in the bottom of the inning. Sarah Justus led off with a line drive single up the middle. She ended up on third after the next two batters moved her over. Erica Hatfield stepped to the plate and hit a swinging bunt out in front of the plate. An errant throw by the ECP catcher allowed Hatfield to reach safely and Justus to score.

Elmore City-Pernell had its chances but Justus — Bray-Doyle’s pitcher — stranded runners on third four different times.

Sophomore Christa Bingham reached on an error by the Lady Badgers’ third baseman with two outs in the seventh. Traci Tippett walked to bring up leadoff hitter Shelbi Copeland. Copeland grounded to third, but the ball scooted underneath the third baseman’s glove for her second error in three batters, loading the bases for Justus.

After fouling off the first pitch, Justus watched as the next four sailed by above her head for the walk-off win.

“That was a total team effort,” said Ridge. “The rookies came through. They knew what a strike and what a ball was because they were disciplined at the plate. The bottom of our lineup got on base and that was good to see.”

Justus finished the game with five strikeouts in a complete game win. Hatfield was 1-for-3 at the plate and drove in the first run when she reached on an error. Bingham was 1-for-3 and scored the game-winning run.

The Lady Donkeys will travel to Amber-Pocasset for their next game at 4:30 this afternoon.

— Ben Whitehead is the sports editor for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 255-5354, Ext. 165, or via e-mail at ben.whitehead@duncanbanner.com.

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