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April 16, 2013

H.S. SOFTBALL: Lady Eagles rally to beat Mercer

BEREA — The Madison Southern softball team picked up its eighth win of the season Monday with a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Mercer County (5-8).

The Lady Eagles (8-4) scored twice in the fifth inning to tie the game, then three more times in the bottom of the sixth inning for the victory.

Winning pitcher Tara Bord got things started with a lead-off double off the right field fence.

Amber Sparks followed that up with an RBI double to left to score courtesy runner Samantha Parms with what turned out to be the winning run.

Two batters later, Taylor Johnson drew a walk and Briana Lanham got an infield single to load the bases.

After a strikeout, Alex Nash, pinch-hitting for her sister Abby, lined a two-strike single to center scoring Johnson and Lanham to make it 5-3.

Bord then retired the Lady Titans in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.

“That was a big hit by Alex, but that is what you expect of a pinch hitter when they come up to hit,” Southern Coach Brian Foley said. “She came up there and did her job. I’m proud of her.”

The first three innings were dominated by Bord and Mercer County pitcher Megan Hilbert.

Bord allowed only one hit, a lead-off bunt single in the first inning, while Hilbert held the Lady Eagles hitless through the first three innings.

The Lady Titans got on the board in the fourth getting four hits, including three consecutive hits, to score two runs.

The Lady Eagles finally got things going against Hilbert in the fifth.

Once again Sparks was in the middle of the rally, leading off the inning with a single.

After Paige King reached on an infield single, Johnson laid down a perfect bunt between the pitcher and first baseman for a hit scoring Sparks and a hustling King, who scored all the way from second base on the play.

“Hustle will get you a lot of places. We expect our girls to go 110 percent all the time and Paige did a great job on that play recognizing that the second baseman was not going to field the ball,” Foley said. “That was just heads-up play by Paige and it was a big run that tied the game.”

Bord went the distance to pick up the win, giving up two runs on five hits. She walked one and struck out four batters.

At the plate, Sparks had a double and single and an RBI, Bord had a single and double, while Lanham, Nash, Bethany Mays, Johnson and King all had singles.

Southern is back in action at 5:30 today at home against Estill County.

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