Lady Pan­thers prove their tough­ness

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

Last week was a try­ing, but also a rewarding week for the Ridge­land Lady Pan­thers, who shook off a home loss to county ri­val LaFayette to go 3-1 against tough com­pe­ti­tion in a week­end tour­na­ment in At­lanta.

Ridge­land 8, Pick­ens 5

On Tues­day, the Lady Pan­thers picked up a re­gion vic­tory in Jasper.

Ridge­land scored three in the top of the first in­ning, but gave up two runs in the bot­tom of the sec­ond. They fi­nally got back on the board with four in the top of the fifth and tacked on an in­sur­ance run in the sixth.

The Lady Pan­thers rapped out 14 hits, in­clud­ing three each from Ha­ley San­dridge, Ciera Fos­ter and Katie Davis. Kiera Fos­ter had two hits and drove in three runs.

Grayson James tripled and brought in a run, while Whit­ney Boehm had one hit and knocked in two.

Fresh­man Kelsey Adams went the dis­tance in the cir­cle, al­low­ing five earned runs on four hits and six walks. She fin­ished with three strike­outs.

LaFayette 11, Ridge­land 7

On Thurs­day, in a bat­tle for first place in Re­gion 6-AAAA, the Lady Pan­thers fought back from a 5-1 deficit, pulling to within a sin­gle run twice. How­ever, un­beaten LaFayette re­fused to give in and took the vic­tory in a matchup of state-ranked teams.

Ridge­land got the Lady Ram­blers’ lead down to 5-4 and, later, 8-7, but three runs in the top of the sev­enth would fi­nally be enough to put LaFayette over the top.

Boehm paced Ridge­land with three hits. Kiera Fos­ter had two hits and knocked in two runs, while fresh­man Erin Hughes also had two sin­gles. Adams got the start and took the loss as No. 1 starter Hailey Car­roll was one of two starters sick and un­avail­able to play.

Ridge­land 5, North Pauld­ing 4

Down 4-1 go­ing into the fifth in­ning on Fri­day, the Lady Pan­thers plated four runs to take the lead for good.

Kiera Fos­ter and Ciera Fos­ter had two RBIs each, while pitcher Adams al­lowed just three earned runs on five hits in six in­nings to get the win.

Ridge­land 5, Wood­stock 2

Davis and Boehm both knocked in a pair of runs in Fri­day’s night­cap, while Anna Jenk­ins toed the rub­ber in the cir­cle.

Jenk­ins got the vic­tory, giv­ing up just one earned run on five hits in six in­nings of work.

Fac­ing the No. 2-ranked team in the state’s high­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion, on the Lady Tro­jans’ own home field, the Lady Pan­thers put up five runs each in the third and fourth in­nings and went on to the win.

The Fos­ter twins, along with San­dridge and Laine Hicks each had three hits, while Hicks and Danielle Cross picked up two RBIs apiece.

Adams al­lowed 10 hits over six in­nings, but gave up just four earned runs in the vic­tory. Ridge­land pounded out 18 hits, while Las­siter hurt it­self with five er­rors.

Alexan­der 9, Ridge­land 4

Tied 2-2 en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the fourth, the No. 2-ranked team in Class AAAAAA pushed home six runs to take con­trol for good. Davis and Ciera Fos­ter had three hits each, while San­dridge laced her third triple of the week­end.

Jenk­ins, one of three pitch­ers used by Ridge­land in the game, started and went three in­nings, but took the loss.

Ridge­land (10-3 over­all, 3-1 in Re­gion 6-AAAA) will look to stay near the top of the stand­ings on Thurs­day as they host South­east Whitfield at 5:55 p.m.

Ridge­land 11, Las­siter 7 Ridge­land first base­man Whit­ney Boehm stretches out to make a catch and nip LaFayette’s Car­lee Corbin. The Lady Ram­blers, how­ever, would pull out an 11-7 in the Walker County show­down, keep­ing them un­beaten and atop the Re­gion 6-AAAA stand­ings. (Mes­sen­ger photo/Scott Herpst)

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