The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Big Fifth Inning Propels Murphy To 8-5 Win Over Rosman


April 10, 2017

In what was otherwise a closely contested game, the Murphy Lady Bulldogs turned three straight extra base hits into five runs on their way to an 8-5 victory over the Rosman Lady Tigers on Friday afternoon.

Murphy took an early lead in the top of the first inning off an RBI single.

Rosman responded in the bottom of the second inning as Christa Galloway got things started with a bomb over the left field fence to tie the score.

Molly Ladley singled in the next at bat and scored moments later off a sacrifice bunt from Audrianna Barton to put the Lady Tigers ahead 2-1.

Neither team got a runner on base in the third inning, but Murphy tied things up in the top of the fourth.

After a walk, Ladley found herself on third base again in the bottom of the inning, but Rosman couldn’t drive the run in.

That set up Murphy’s big fifth inning.

A single and an error gave the Bulldogs runners on first and second with two outs.

From there Murphy slapped three straight hits to nearly the same spot – far into the right field corner – that resulted in five runs crossing the plate.

The last hit became an inside-the-park home run as right fielder Paiton Reese took a tumble into one of the dips in the outfield as she made an effort to track down the fly ball.

Rosman looked like they might rally back in the bottom of the inning after getting runners to first and second base with just one, but couldn’t drive any runs in.

Murphy added another run in the top of the seventh and while Rosman scored three runs in their last at bat, it wouldn’t be enough for the win.

The loss gives Rosman a 7-8 record overall, with a 6-6 mark in SMC play, putting them in sixth place.

The Lady Tigers host Blue Ridge on Tuesday.


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