The Hobbton Lady Wildcats travelled to county-rival Lakewood on Thursday night to conclude regular season play of the Carolina 1A Conference Softball schedule. After falling in a big hole early, Lakewood made a valiant effort to claw their way back, but came up just short completing the comeback.
Hobbton struck quickly as the Lady Wildcats sprinted out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sarah Suggs singled to start the game and after a Zaylea King triple, Suggs’ pinch runner would score. King then scored on a passed a ball. Hobbton added one more run after Priscilla Avilez was walked and made her way around the bases to score on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the same inning, Lakewood was able to get one run back. Krislyn Bullard led off with a single and was eventually scored after a flyball hit by Lorin Hawks was dropped.
In the top of the second inning, the Lady Wildcats earned back the run they gave up. With two outs, Suggs sent a shot up the middle, scoring Destiny Lowry, who had reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning. Hobbton was back on top 4-1.
The score held at 4-1 until the top of the fourth inning when Hobbton piled on five more runs to build their lead to 9-1 in an inning that was littered the Lakewood miscues.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lakewood answered, as the Lady Leopards tacked on five runs of their own. Summer Thigpen started the inning off with a single to left followed by a walk by Madison Tart. Hawks sent a single into left field, scoring Thigpen. Peyton Crumpler stepped up to the plate and was safely aboard following a Hobbton error, resulting in Tart coming in for another run. Jasmine Brown then singled to bring in Hawks. One more run would score as Crumpler was able to cross home plate before the end of the inning.
The Lady Leopards had cut the deficit to 9-6.
The Lady Wildcats were able to plate runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to push their lead back to 12-6 but the Lady Leopards just would not go away. In the bottom of the seventh, Lakewood plated three more runs to cut the lead to 12-9, but the Hobbton defense held, securing the 12-9 victory.
After the game Lakewood head coach David Yarasheski admitted that defensively his team was just unable to get the job done.
“Unfortunately, our defense hurt us. We threw the ball around and didn’t play very sharp,” he said. Coach Yarasheski was still proud of his team’s comeback effort, however.
“I’m proud of the fact that the girls hung in there and put up some runs and make a game of it.”
Lakewood finishes the season 2-10 in conference play and 6-11 overall.
Reach Daron Barefoot at firstname.lastname@example.org