Tigers bat­tle back to de­feat Bob­cats

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

For the first five in­nings Fri­day af­ter­noon, Ris­ing Sun strug­gled to solve Bel Air pitcher Kat Perea.

Fo­cused on not be­com­ing frus­trated due to their lack of of­fense, the Tigers fi­nally broke through in the sixth frame when they scored three runs to storm past the vis­it­ing Bob­cats. They then held on in the fi­nal in­ning to earn a 4-2 come­from-be­hind vic­tory over Bel Air in Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion soft­ball ac­tion.

“We talked about ‘ Never giv­ing up when you get down, al­ways keep­ing your head up and hit­ting the ball hard and putting it in play. Even­tu­ally, it’ll find a hole,’” Ris­ing Sun head coach Rusty Moore said.

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“That’s ex­actly what hap­pened. It came in droves and con­tin­ued one af­ter an­other.”

With the Tigers (5-4 over­all, 2-4 divi­sion) trail­ing en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning, Ally Brad­ford led off the frame with a line-drive triple to left-cen­ter field. Kelly Porte then fol­lowed by reach­ing base on a hit by pitch.

Paige Brad­ford then drove in Ally Brad­ford with a sin­gle up the mid­dle to make it 2-2, be­fore Lexi Bar­clay ad­vanced Porte and Brad­ford with a sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter. Alexa Hull then de­liv­ered an in­field sin­gle that plated Porte to give Ris­ing Sun a 3-2 lead.

The Tigers added an in­surance run when Ally Brad­ford scored on Mad­die Foard’s ground­out to first.

“I think we just fi­nally started to see how [Perea] was pitch­ing, where she would pitch the ball, and we started to make con­tact,” Ally Brad­ford said.

Bel Air threat­ened in the top of the seventh when it placed run­ners on first and sec­ond with one out, but Tigers pitcher Rea­gan Connell es­caped the jam by in­duc- ing a dou­ble play to end the game. The win de­liv­ered the Tigers some re­venge af­ter they fell to the Bob­cats ear­lier in the year.

The vic­tory con­tin­ued the Ce­cil County squad’s re­cent run of strong play. Ris­ing Sun has now won three of its last four con­tests.

“It feels great. We lost to them ear­lier, and to come back and beat them later in the sea­son is nice. It feels like we’re peak­ing at the right time.” said Paige Brad­ford, who fin­ished 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. “We hope to keep this win streak go­ing and get ready for play­offs.”

Connell picked up the win as she pitched a com­plete game, giv­ing up two runs on eight hits with four strike­outs and one hit bat­ter.

The Bob­cats (4-5, 2-5) scored once in the top of the first when Bri­anna Fleis­chmann scored on a Mor­gan Dvo­rak sin­gle. They made it 2-0 in the fourth when Perea scored on a Sa­van­nah My­ers in­field sin­gle.

The Tigers cut into the early deficit in the bot­tom of the fourth when Paige Brad­ford scored on a Bar­clay sin­gle to make it 2-1.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Ris­ing Sun’s Ally Brad­ford leaps to make a catch dur­ing her team’s 4-2 come­from-be­hind vic­tory over vis­it­ing Bel Air in Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion soft­ball ac­tion on Fri­day.

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