The weather felt like March, but the atmosphere on the diamond matched May as Hanover and Cosby, the defending state champions, began the 2013 softball season in Chesterfield Thursday afternoon.
Under bright sunshine while fighting occasional gusty winds, the Titans and Hawks battled back and forth into extra innings, and, once again, Cosby would beat a county opponent in walk-off fashion, this time 4-3 in 8 innings.
Kiandra Mitchum pitched four innings, then Shannon Albright moved from shortstop to pitch four of her own. Mitchum would start the offense with a lead-off double to start the game and later score on a wild pitch by Cosby starter Chelsea Whitcomb for a 1-0 lead.
Cosby responded with a run in the second to tie the game, but the Hawks counterpunched, as Eryn King singled to start the 3rd and later scored on an Albright single for a 2-1 lead.
The Titans then reeled off four straight singles for a run, then got a second run when a grounder to 3rd with the bases loaded was fielded by Lacey Sullivan, but her throw home for the force out was a little high, drawing Maura Long off the plate.
The Hawks fought back in the 4th as Sullivan roped a double to center, scoring Jessica McLaughlin, who walked to start the inning. We would stay at 3-3 until the 8th....
Cosby started their extra frame with a double, scoring the winning run three batters later with two out when Alex Beyer grounded to third, but Sullivan's throw to first was late allowing the fourth run to cross the plate.
The Hawks (0-1) had six hits off Whitcomb, who struck out nine. Hanover next plays at home versus Hermitage on Wednesday.
Lee-Davis 12, Deep Run 1 (Kinsee Stonebreaker with four hits for the 1-0 Confederates)
Patrick Henry 7, MWGS 0 (Ashley Samuels with a double and triple for the 1-0 Patriots)
Patrick Henry 4, MWGS 3 (PH moves to 2-0)
Hanover 11, Cosby 8 (battle of two of the top teams in the Region; Titans leave bases loaded in the 7th inning as Hawks move to 1-0)
Lee-Davis at Deep Run, PPD
Lee-Davis 4, Hopewell 0
Patrick Henry 1, MWGS 1
Lee-Davis 7, Hopewell 0
MWGS 4, Patrick Henry 0
Hanover at Cosby, PPD to May 9
Patrick Henry 7, Thomas Jefferson 2 (Patriots now 1-2)
Henrico 9, Lee-Davis 0
Lee-Davis 7, Henrico 2
Patrick Henry 9, Thomas Jefferson 0
Hanover 5, Varina 4
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