The Lady Patriots played the Myers Park Mustangs two consecutive games recently. The Patriots swept the Mustangs this year with a 5-1, 11-2 regular season wins. Then in their toughest ballgame with the Mustangs a 12-11 decision in the SW4A Conference Tournament opening round. This was an up and down wild contest with the Patriots winning in walk off fashion in the final inning of regulation.
In the first inning sophomore hurler Jaylin Adkins was rocked for six runs, on four walks, one error, and timely hits by the Mustangs to give them a sweet and commanding 7-0 lead. Kayla Douglas the Patriots ace had to enter the game to get the final two outs, however, the Patriots had dug themselves a huge hole to mount a comeback.
In the bottom half of the first, the Patriots scored 2 runs of their own to begin to chip away at the Mustang lead and were now down 7-2. The Patriots picked up another run in the third inning to make the score 7-3.
However, in the top of the fourth the visitors added 3 more huge runs to open up the game to a seemingly commanding 10-3 advantage. But these Lady Patriots along with their excellent coaching staff never give up. They keep playing and pounding away at their opponents. The Patriots bounced right back into the ballgame with 4 runs of their own on multiple hits, and a few key errors in the field which would come back to haunt the Mustangs later in the game. So after four frames the Mustangs were now only leading 10-7 with three innings to play.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Patriots scored 4 runs to take the lead 11-10 on timely hitting by Anna Easter, Kingsley Reardon, Brianna Grant, and Maya Douglas along with a few more miscues on the field.
In the seventh the Mustangs would score a run off of Douglas to tie the score at 11. However, in walk off style the Patriots would score the winning run for the victory to move on into the next round to play Porter Ridge.
Maya Douglas went 4-4 with a double and 2 RBI’s, Anna Easter 3-4 with 3 RBI’s, Brianna Grant 3-5, Kingsley Reardon 3-5 with a double, Mallory Shaver had a key double for 2 RBI’s. Kayla Douglas would earn the win, while Madison Lojko would pick up the loss.