Lady Cards battle past Celina

State-ranked Melissa overcame a third-inning 3-1 deficit then a 4-4 tie to top Celina, 6-4, on March 16, at Melissa’s Skyler Field.

“Oh, my gosh,” Lady Cardinals head coach Eric Rodgers said. “I think it’s going to be like this every game. It’s going to be tight ball games. It’s amazing. We just kept fighting.”

Sophomore Macy Stewart broke the tie for Melissa in the fifth, coming home on a passed ball. In the sixth, sophomore Aubrey Solomon’s single moved sophomore Alexis Pevehouse to second and she soon scored an insurance run on another passed ball. In the seventh, third baseman Stewart threw out two Celina runners at first and, sandwiched between those outs, shortstop Solomon picked off another.

“I can’t say enough about Macy Stewart at third,” Rodgers said. “Two great plays right there. And a great play by Audrey. Both of them came up big in the game.”

Pevehouse went the distance on the mound for Melissa, striking out six and scattering seven hits with three walks. Randi Dobbins pitched the whole way for the Lady Bobcats, allowing six hits and nine walks, with nine strikeouts. Pevehouse also tallied a team-high two hits, as Stewart, sophomore Kylee Brakebill and freshman Savannah Rodriguez posted single hits for the Lady Cards.

In a scary moment for Melissa, Brakebill was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning as she squared around to bunt. The ball ricocheted off her thumb and into her neck, which sent her to the ground. After several minutes of examination by the trainer, she continued her at-bat and appeared to be OK.

“She’s a tough kid,” Rodgers said. “She’ll be sore tomorrow, but she’s already laughing and back to herself.”

Lady Coyotes lose late lead again

Down, 4-2, after five innings, Princeton’s Lady Panthers (2-0) pushed across three runs in the sixth to get by Anna, 5-4, on Friday at Princeton. It was the Lady Coyotes’ second late-inning loss in as many district starts. Anna opened up a 3-0 lead in the first inning and led, 4-1, after five at-bats.

“We played pretty perfect until the sixth inning,” head coach Lindsey Lacy said. “Errors hurt us. We out-hit them, things just didn’t go our way. Props to Princeton, they fought their way back in the game and made us work. Once we learn to finish, we will be successful.”

Sophomore Hannah Howell led the Lady Coyotes at the plate, with two hits in two at-bats — including a home run — and 2 RBIs. Freshman Shelby Dombrowski slapped two singles for Anna and junior teammate Madison Davis also posted a single. Howell pitched the entire game for the Lady Coyotes, allowing five hits and striking out two.