LaFayette out­slugs Rossville for first win of 2017

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

The LaFayette Lady Ram­blers scored seven times in the top of the fifth in­ning to beat the Rossville Lady Bull­dogs, 13-12, in a non-NGAC game last Tues­day night at Rossville City Park.

The game, which lasted nearly two-and-ahalf hours, was stopped af­ter the top half of the fifth.

LaFayette put up two runs in the top of the first, only to have Rossville counter with a five-run bot­tom of the first. The Lady Ram­blers added four more in the sec­ond to briefly take the lead, but the Lady Bull­dogs pushed home a run in the third to knot the game at 6-6.

In the bot­tom of the fourth, Rossville would re­take the lead with a six-run in­ning. A MaKayla Cope sin­gle brought home Ava Heg­wood and later, with the bases loaded, Bree Gold­smith scored on a passed ball. The Lady Bull­dogs would score four more times in the in­ning, two coming on walks with the sacks full.

How­ever, LaFayette would have the last say in the wild shootout.

Kayli Bal­lard led off the top of the fifth with a dou­ble and moved to third on a ground­out. Sky­lar Ea­ton would come to bat later in the frame and sin­gle to right-cen­ter, bring­ing in two runs. The Lady Ram­blers would load the bases as Macy Martin came through with a run-scor­ing sin­gle, while a throw­ing er­ror at the end of the play brought in a sec­ond run.

The Lady Ram­blers would bat around as Bal­lard drew a free pass with the bases loaded. Rylee Gamlen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in an­other run, while an­other throw­ing er­ror al­low Su’An­dra Wil­liams to scam­per home from third.

Bal­lard was 3-for-3 for LaFayette, while Martin scored three times.

Dade County 15, LaFayette 0

The Lady Ram­blers fell to 1-1 on the sea­son with a Thurs­day loss to the Lady Wolver­ines. Wil­liams and Bal­lard had the only hits for LaFayette.

Rossville (0-1) will be in ac­tion again on Tues­day, back at City Park, against Gor­don Lee. First pitch is also slated for 5 p.m. They will play at rare Fri­day game at Lake­view (5 p.m.) to con­clude the week.

LaFayette will be home on Tues­day ver­sus Lake­view and on Thurs­day against Chat­tanooga Val­ley. Both games will start at 5 p.m.

LaFayette Mid­dle School’s Kayli Bal­lard sprints to first base to beat out an sin­gle in a game against Rossville last week as Lady Bull­dogs first base­man Abby Ford awaits the throw. (Mes­sen­ger photo/Scott Herpst)

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