The Rossview Lady Hawks scored six runs in the second inning to propel themselves to an 8-3 victory over Northeast on Tuesday, April 6.
After a scoreless first inning and a half between the two teams, RHS broke the ice on a deep shot by Addison Carter to center field that was bobbled by the Lady Eagles’ fielder, allowing Lauren Snyder to cross the plate for the contest’s inaugural run.
The Lady Hawks ran through their entire lineup in the inning, recording five hits and tallying an additional five runs to take a comfortable 6-0 lead heading into the top of the third.
It appeared early in the frame that the Lady Eagles were going to be retired in order following two straight groundouts to third baseman Zailia Osborne, but they quickly shifted the momentum in their favor after two straight walks to put a runner in scoring position.
With two outs and facing a full count, Amanda Torres singled to bring home teammate Heaven Hulsey for NEHS’ first score of the afternoon. Following the score, Brianna Arnoe singled to load the bases for the Lady Eagles.
NEHS was unable to capitalize on the situation, stranding all three baserunners after a groundout on the next plate appearance.
The Lady Eagles scored two unearned runs in the top of the fifth to cut RHS’ deficit to four, but the late rally fell short after they were shutout in the sixth and seventh innings.
After being shutout in their previous four games, NEHS head coach Lisa Russman sees steady improvement from her young team — a group that features no seniors on the roster.
“My juniors that were sophomores last year and the sophomores that were freshmen, there is so much talent right there,” Russman said. “Between those two groups and now bringing in the freshmen… They’re all working together and coming together to just learn something new every game. That’s what the objective is this year, to do something new every game. Like today, we hadn’t scored in four games and we actually did tonight. That’s a big achievement for us.”
For RHS, head coach Sydney Huff was impressed with her team’s performance on the night but is still looking for that outing that they seem to tie it all together and have seven solid innings from the plate.
“We are still waiting for our bats to all come together,” Huff said. “We seem to be hitting the ball one inning, then we’ll fall off. Our top hitters hit good one inning and then our bottom hitters hit good another inning, it hasn’t all come together yet.”
NEHS continues their seven-game road trip on Wednesday, April 7, when they travel to Springfield, Tenn. to take on the Lady Yellow Jackets. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 at SHS.
For the Lady Hawks, they will take on Jo Byrns on Wednesday before returning home to take on the Lady Patriots of Henry County on Monday, April 12. Both games are scheduled to begin at 5:30.