Lady Ram­blers mired in los­ing streak

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

The No. 3-ranked LaFayette Lady Ram­blers trav­eled to Tun­nel Hill this past Thurs­day for a Re­gion 6-AAAA show­down with the No. 2-ranked Lady Bru­ins, look­ing for a sweep of the sea­son se­ries.

In­stead, LaFayette lost the game and their lead in the re­gion stand­ings.

North­west (7-1 in Re­gion 6-AAAA) par­ried LaFayette’s two firstin­ning runs with seven of their own in the bot­tom half of the frame and never looked back in a 9-4 vic­tory.

LaFayette dropped to 6-2 in the re­gion.

The Lady Ram­blers knocked North­west pitcher Shaylen Sut­ton out of the game with two outs in the top of the first. Madi­son Pet­ti­grew belted a solo homer and Shyenne Young­blood sin­gled in a run, but re­lief pitcher Cara Rann would get out of the jam and LaFayette would man­age just two more runs the rest of the way.

The North­west of­fense would get go­ing in the bot­tom of the first. Pet­ti­grew is­sued three straight walks and later hit a bat­ter, while three sin­gles and a fielder’s choice brought in seven runs, sig­nal­ing an early exit for the sopho­more pitcher.

The Lady Ram­blers would get solo runs in the top of the se­cond and the top of the fourth, but were frus­trated by a lack of timely hits. LaFayette left two run­ners on base in the four sep­a­rate in­nings.

Nicky Yancy had three of LaFayette’s 10 hits to­tal, while Shelby Ad­kins added an RBIs­in­gle.

LaFayette ended up los­ing four tough games at the SCORE In­ter­na­tional In­vi­ta­tional at Chat­tanooga’s Warner Park over the week­end.

They dropped a 5-3 de­ci­sion to Wes­leyan (No. 2-ranked in Class A Pri­vate), a 5-4 de­ci­sion to un­beaten Rock­mart (No. 1-ranked in Class AA), an 8-7 de­ci­sion to North Mur­ray and a 3-2 de­ci­sion to LFO (win­ners of seven straight)

The Lady Ram­blers en­tered the week with a 13-6 over­all record.

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