Friday, May 18, 2012

Lee-Davis Takes Capital District Title With Comeback Victory

A hard fought Capital District and Hanover County rivalry game had gone according to script after six innings.  Both Lee-Davis and Atlee battled against top pitchers, had some opportunities to score, and, in the end, both had plated a run apiece.

The seventh inning was a rollercoaster ride.

With one out, Cameron Hall blooped a single into right field for the Raiders.  Taylor Sutherland's sacrifice bunt moved Hall to second, and MacKenzie Keyes stepped up and laced a single to left, scoring Hall, and, suddenly, the Raiders led 2-1 on the road, three outs away from tying the Confederates for the District title.

The Confederates, defending state champs, entered their half of the seventh confident they could do what was necessary to extend, or win, the game.  Pinch hitter Victoria Houff led off with a walk.  A Becca Fields bunt attempt was fielded by Atlee starter Jessica Holte, who threw to second for the force out.

Then things went terribly wrong for the Raiders.  Kelly Heinz grounded to second, but Blair Jones' throw to second for the force was low, went underneath the glove of Sutherland, the shortstop, and landed in center field.  The throw back into the infield got away from the Raiders.  Fields moved to third and Heinz to second.  Kinsee Stonebreaker pinch ran for Heinz.

Lacie Madison was the next batter.  She lined a single to right field that went off the leg of Jones, giving Fields time to score the tying run and Stonebreaker time to score the District-winning run.

Atlee finished the regular season at 9-3 in the Capital District, 15-5 overall and win face Hanover Tuesday in the Capital District Tournament semifinals.  Lee-Davis finished 11-1 in the Capital, 17-3 overall and will battle Glen Allen in Tuesday's other semifinal.

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