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Lady Rockets split extra-inning games

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County softball team traveled to Anderson County on Monday for the fourth meeting between the two teams.

Anderson came out on top in this one 2-1 in eight innings, but SCHS head coach Kelly Cable said it doesn't mean much for the upcoming postseason tournaments.

"I doesn't take anything away from us," she said. "I think they needed this win more than we did, and hopefully it will give them a false sense of security. But really, I don't think it has much bearing on the district or regional tournaments."

The Lady Rockets got on the board first, when Jessica Williams doubled to leadoff the fourth inning. Williams then took third on a wild pitch, and came around to score on Courtney Tinsley's fielder's choice.

Anderson County then tied the game in the sixth after a leadoff walk, a single, a sacrifice bunt and then an RBI fielder's choice.

The Lady Rockets threatened in the eighth when Dee Dee Davis was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Davis advanced to third, but Anderson County forced three groundouts to end the inning.

The Lady Bearcats then got the win in the bottom of the inning when the leadoff batter got on after a Shelby error, and was followed by a walk-off double.

Hannah Stucker pitched all eight innings for the Lady Rockets and allowed just one earned run while striking out six and giving up just four hits.

"She had a good solid game on the mound for us, and we gloved the ball well," Cable said. "I thought our defense was great, we just had the one error, but we just couldn't hit."

The Lady Rockets mustered just four hits in the game, but never had more than one in an inning.

Cable said she wasn't sure why the girls struggled against Anderson this time. The last time the two teams met Shelby County won 10-9 and had 10 hits.

"I don't know (why we struggled)," she said. "If I knew, we would've hit the ball better and got the win. Sometimes you just have one of those nights."

Eastern

The Eastern Lady Eagles jumped out to a 4-1 lead on Shelby County in Thursday's game, but the Lady Rockets kept chipping away. After scoring two runs in the fourth and tying the game in the fifth, the two teams needed four extra innings to decide the game.

Finally, in the bottom of the 11th inning, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect and a runner starting at second to begin the inning, the Lady Rockets got rolling again. Hannah Abbott scored on Hannah Stucker's single to give the Lady Rockets the 5-4 win.

"I thought our defense took a stand as the game progressed," Cable said. "We were a little shaky to start, but the girls really tightened up in the field for us to win. And Stucker pitched another really good game."

Stucker entered in the second inning and kept Eastern off the scoreboard while allowing just five hits and striking out five.