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be­hind 3-2.

Rock­dale got the two runs back in the fifth when Kat­tie Over­street walked be­fore An­drea Mitchell tripled to left bring­ing in a run.

Fer­rell got on with an er­ror by the short­stop and rounded first go­ing into sec­ond safely while Mitchell slipped home for the score to in crease the Lady Bull­dogs’ lead to 5-2 go­ing into the bot­tom of the in­ning.

Mel­ton tied the game in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning on a bloop sin­gle be­fore scor­ing the winning run to cap the im­prob­a­ble come­back.

“It was a great game, but ev­ery­body wants to fin­ish with a win, said Rock­dale head coach Holly Hamil­ton. I’m proud of the girls. We’re young, but we’re get­ting there. Not to take away from Al­covy’s win be­cause they’ve got a very good team.”

Bates, who chal­lenged his team in the bot­tom of the sev­enth, said the win should go along way to build his player’s con­fi­dence.

“If you tell me we are go­ing to win 16-1, I’m go­ing to take that ev­ery time,” bates said. “This one feels much sweeter though.” Al­covy drops sec­ond game to Thom­son, 6-5

The Lady Tigers soft­ball team got off to a slug­gish start in the sec­ond game of a dou­ble­header at Tiger Field Satur­day, fall­ing to Thom­son 6-5.

Sum­mer Kusch had a rough go when she took the mound for Al­covy (8-4 over­all, 3-0 Re­gion-4-AAAA) giv­ing up five runs in the top of the first in­ning without giv­ing up a hit.

Kusch walked the first five bat­ters she faced be­fore Dal­las Hardin took over on the mound in the same in­ning. Hardin struck out the first bat­ter she faced and left the fi­nal two outs for her de­fense.

“We had a bad first in­ning, said Al­covy head coach Casey Bates. It’s tough when you walk four bat­ters in the first in­ning and get a cou­ple of er­rors here and there it’s hard to come back, but that’s part of the game.”

The Lady Tigers strug­gled at the plate get­ting only one hit in their half of the first in­ning. Melody Belcher grounded out be­fore Am­ber Mel­ton flied out to cen­ter. Kusch went down swing­ing for the last out of the in­ning to keep the score at 5-0 go­ing into the top of the sec­ond.

Hardin got the first bat­ter of the in­ning to ground out to third be­fore hit­ting the sec­ond bat­ter, then giv­ing up a sin­gle to third bat­ter she faced, but came back to send the next bat­ter back to the dugout to end the Thom­son half of the in­ning.

Al­covy picked up four runs in the bot­tom of the sec­ond when Kelsey Sweat hit a sin­gle to left be­fore Caitlin Wil­liams sin­gled to right cen­ter, then Bethany Dil­lard sin­gled to the gap in left cen­ter load­ing the bases.

Jas­mine Tolen stepped up to a chal­lenge from her fa­ther to col­lect $100 if she hit a home run. She took the chal­lenge and hit 2-1 pitch over the cen­ter­field fence for a base-clear­ing grand slam, send­ing her dad to the ATM while bring­ing her team within one run.

Hardin gave up a hit to the first Thom­son bat­ter in the top of the third, but got the next two bat­ters to pop up to sec­ond be­fore the fi­nal bat­ter lined to first to end the in­ning.

Al­covy couldn’t score in the bot­tom of the third and the score re­mained 5-4 go­ing into the top of the fourth.

Han­nah Wil­son reached first on an er­ror to lead off the fourth in­ning for Thom­son. But Kelsey Sweat popped up from her crouch­ing po­si­tion be­hind the plate and sent a bul­let to Macy Dowdy at sec­ond put out to erase the run­ner.

Hardin threw three per­fect strikes pass the next bat­ter be­fore get­ting the last bat­ter to ground out to Dowdy to end the top half of the in­ning.

Al­covy con­tin­ued to strug­gle at the plate in their half of the fourth while Thom­son pitcher Brooke Herkel seemed to get stronger with each pass­ing in­ning.

Hardin re­sponded in the fifth in­ning and the score 5-4 head­ing to the sixth.

Al­covy tied the game in the sixth in­ning when Hardin con­nected tripled home Tolen af­ter she had reached on a fielder’s choice.

Thom­son scored the goa­head run in the sev­enth off an er­ror, and Al­covy couldn’t muster the same magic they dis­played against Rock­dale ear­lier in the game.

“We came back to tie it up, but it’s hard to come back from an in­ning like we had in the beginning of the game. They did what they needed to do to get the run across in the sev­enth and we didn’t, so I give them the credit for do­ing what they had to do to win the game.”

Thom­son scored six runs off seven hits while Herkel recorded two strike­outs with no walks to gar­nish the win. Al­covy got five runs off nine hits. With Hardin reg­is­ter­ing six strike­outs and five walks.

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