Brevard Pulls Away From East Henderson
Lady Blue Devil first baseman Katie Finnan throws a batter out at first while catcher Jacksie Owen backs up the play. (Times photos by Robbie Robertson)
BREVARD, N.C. Lady Blue Devils broke out of a mid-game hitting slump to tack on seven runs in a 13-6 victory over East Henderson on Thursday afternoon.
Brevard had fallen behind 4-1 when they staged a mini-ralley in the bottom of the third. Mac McNeil and Katy Finnan provided RBIs to pull the Lady Blue Devils to within one, 3-4.
Brevard gave the runs back, however, in the top of the fourth. The Lady Eagles singled, doubled and hit a sacrifice fly to re-open a three-run lead, 6-3.
The Lady Blue Devils then tied it up in the home half of the fourth.
Jada Hemphill drew a walk and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Michaela Harbin.
Peyton Bailey then drove in Hemphill with a triple. Kennedy Harris followed with an RBI double to centerfield for a 5-6 score.
Harris stole third to get into scoring position for Kayla Byrd, who laid down a squeeze bunt to drive her in. That knotted the score at six apiece.
Brevard pitcher Kayla Lovett sat the Eagles down quietly to start the fifth and the Lady Blue Devil bats came alive in the bottom half of the inning. Brevard batted around and blew the game out with seven runs.
Finnan led off with a double and advanced on a single by Courtney McCall. Mariah Keogh then walked to load the bases.
Harbin then hit an RBI sacrifice fly and Bailey hit into an RBI fielder’s choice.
Jada Hemphill connects on a pitch in Brevard’s 7-2 win on Wednesday.
Harris hit a two run double to the centerfield fence for a 10-6 Lady Blue Devil lead. She would later come around to score on another sacrifice bunt by Byrd.
McNeil walked and Jacksie Owen was hit by a pitch. McNeil later scored on a wild pitch and Owen followed her home on an RBI single by Finnan. That made it 13-6, Brevard.
The Lady Eagles put a runner on in the top of the sixth, but the Lady Blue Devil defense turned a cool 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The Lady Blue Devils then popped into their own double play to end the sixth inning, still in comfortable control with a 13-6 lead.
The Eagles tacked on a home run to left field in the top of the seventh to close out the 13-7 loss.
The Lady Blue Devils will host West Henderson on Tuesday at 4 p.m.