Lafayette fin­ishes 1-2 at Colum­bus

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst sherpst@npco.com

The Lafayette Lady Ram­blers waited 10 years to get back on the field in Colum­bus and although they didn’t re­turn home with any tro­phies, they more than proved that they be­long in the same breath with the top Class AAAA soft­ball teams in the state.

The Or­ange-and-black used back-to-back four-run in­nings and ram­bled past Perry, 12-3, in the open­ing round on Thurs­day.

Lafayette took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first in­ning. Mar­quila Howell swiped home on a dou­ble steal, while Me­gan Wil­son would add an Rbi-dou­ble to score Nicky Yancy.

Perry re­sponded with three two-out runs in the bot­tom of the first, but their lead would only be tem­po­rary as Lafayette would put up their first fourspot in the top of the third, high­lighted by a two-out, three­run bomb by Sam Ad­kins. One in­ning later, Ad­kins would clear the bases with a two-run homer to ac­count for half of the Lady Ram­blers’ four runs in that in­ning.

The Lady Ram­blers would push home two more runs in top of the fifth be­fore end­ing the game on the run-rule three outs later.

Shelby Ad­kins was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Howell and Wil­son each had two hits. Ash­ton Stalling and Madison Pettigrew also knocked in one run apiece.

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