Gaston beats Coosa Christian 4-2
Fri. March 01, 2013 at 10:50 p.m. | By J.J. Hicks Staff Writer
Gaston’s Cadie Bagley tags out Coosa Christian’s Noel Lipscomb during Friday’s game. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)
Gaston picked up its first win of the high school softball season Friday playing amid rainfall that, at times, turned into sleet.
The wet and frigid conditions were anything but ideal for the springtime sport, though neither team seemed bothered by the environment in the early season matchup the Bulldogs won 4-2.
Gaston (1-2) trailed 1-0 until the fourth inning, when the Bulldogs scored three runs to take the lead for good.
“We made the plays we needed to make,” Gaston coach Jay Williams said. “Our bats are coming around. It was a good win, a good way to get our first one under our belt.”
The Conquerors (1-1) got on the scoreboard early. Morgan Luttrell walked and Madison Tate plated her with a double in the first inning.
Coosa failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the third and fourth innings. Sydney Stewart singled off of Gaston pitcher Allyson Britton, and Luttrell followed with her second walk of the contest to put runners on first and second with no outs. Stewart was caught stealing, though, and Britton retired the next two batters out to end the threat in the third.
Walks to Morgan Murphree and Makayla McGlaughan started things off in the top of the fourth, and a bloop single by Mary Beth Williamson loaded the bags with no outs. The next batter, Stewart, lined out to Gaston shortstop Abby Elrod, who then tossed the ball to third baseman Cadie Bagley to force out Murphree.
The threat wasn’t over just yet. Britton walked Emily Ellis to again pack the bases, but Noel Lipscomb’s popout to Elrod ended the inning.
Elrod led off the bottom of the fourth and reached on an error before stealing second. After Coosa pitcher Niki Moore got a strikeout, Kara Reagan drove a single to center that brought home Elrod and tied the game at 1. Reagan went to second on the throw in from the outfield. The next batter, Darby Samples, blasted a double over left fielder McGlaughan’s head to score Reagan and give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. After a flyout, Taylor Rogers’ bloop single to left scored Samples and pushed Gaston ahead 3-1.
“Our motto is ‘swing hard or miss hard,’” Williams said. “We’re just trying to hit the ball.”
The Conquerors got in position to score their last run without making contact at the plate as Coosa got a run back in the top of the sixth.
McGlaughan and Williamson drew back-to-back walks to get things started. After a grounder by Stewart forced McGlaughan out at third, Ellis advanced the runners to second and third on a groundout. Lipscomb then singled to center to score Williamson. Stewart attempted to score on the play, but Reagan threw the ball on the money to the catcher, Samples, who tagged out Stewart to end the inning and keep the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat.
Gaston added another run in the bottom of the sixth when Samples scored on an error.
Britton got Coosa out 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to secure the victory. She went all seven innings, allowing six hits and seven walks while striking out four.
Moore tossed six innings, allowing five hits while fanning two and walking none.
Gaston’s Samples and Coosa’s Tate each had two hits.