Park­ers Chapel hosts Bradley in non con­fer­ence soft­ball ac­tion.

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PARK­ERS CHAPEL - Park­ers Chapel fresh­man Drue Thomas hit a home run and was the win­ning pitcher Satur­day as the Lady Tro­jans edged Bradley 8-7 in non-con­fer­ence soft­ball ac­tion. Park­ers Chapel im­proved to 10-6 overall.

The Lady Tro­jans won de­spite giv­ing up four un­earned runs in the third.

“We had been play­ing well the last few games. Against Spring Hill and Ri­son, we played phe­nom­e­nal soft­ball,” said PC coach El­liot Ja­cobs.

“This was kind of a let­down game for us. I’m glad we fought through and won. But, we need to play bet­ter.”

Thomas and Sa­van­nah Slaugh­ter teamed up in the cir­cle for the Lady Tro­jans. Thomas pitched the first and second in­nings be­fore Slaugh­ter came in for the third and fourth. Thomas fin­ished up, throw­ing the fifth, sixth and sev­enth to earn the vic­tory. Thomas sur­ren­dered three runs, two earned, on five hits with four walks and three strike­outs in five in­nings. Slaugh­ter gave up four un­earned runs on three hits with two walks and three strike­outs in two in­nings.

Bradley scored a run in the first be­fore PC an­swered with two in the bot­tom of the in­ning. The Lady Tro­jans added a run in the second. The Lady Bears took a 5-3 lead with the four-run third.

Ja­cobs blamed a com­bi­na­tion of walks and er­rors.

“We weren’t fo­cused enough to make those plays,” he said. “We didn’t have the fo­cus that we needed to get the job done.”

PC tied the game in the bot­tom of the third and took the lead with two in the fourth and an­other run in the fifth. Bradley cut the lead to 8-7 with a run in the sixth and an­other in the top of the sev­enth. With run­ners on second and third, Thomas recorded the fi­nal out with a swing­ing strike­out.

Kylie Jones led PC’s of­fense, go­ing 4-for-4 with a dou­ble, triple and two RBI. Thomas was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a dou­ble. Tay­lor For­tune was 2-for-3 with a triple.

The Lady Tro­jans, who are 6-0 in con­fer­ence, host Har­mony Grove on Mon­day in a bat­tle of the league lead­ers.

“We’ve got to come to the park ready to play on Mon­day,” said Ja­cobs.

Ter­rance Arm­stard/News-Times

Bang-bang play: Park­ers Chapel's Ken­lee McAuliffe races the ball to the plate in ac­tion against Bradley. The Lady Tro­jans edged the Lady Bears 8-7 Satur­day in Park­ers Chapel.

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