Smiths Station Lady Panthers loses first Area 4 game, 10-7

The Lady Panthers traveled to Phenix City last Tuesday to take on their biggest rival and first Area 4 contest of the year Central High in a losing effort 10-7. 

An early first inning lead by the Devils proved to be costly to the Panthers in this one despite having a rally of their own in the top of the seventh in which the Panthers attempted to make a comeback being down 10-3 when the inning started and they scored four runs to cut the lead. 

The ladies showed a lot of fight, many of the runs they scored came while having two-outs against them. 

Both teams had eight hits for the night and both teams’ defense had three errors. 

Teena Morgan shined in this one, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run and a single and finished with two RBIs also she started on the mound and pitched 4.0 innings with three strikeouts.

During the top of the first, Smiths Station struck first with a two-out solo home run by Teena Morgan to jump on top 1-0. Bouncing back from a three up, three down innings in the second, in the third inning, Alexis Cosgrove hit a two-out solo homerun to make the score 5-2. Morgan added her second RBI of the night in the top of the fifth inning when she singled to center field to score another run to slowly chip away the lead 8-3.

During the top of the seventh, instead of just giving up and losing 10-3, Summer Lawrence drew a walk after being patient not swinging at any of the seven pitches thrown. The Panthers next two batters successfully moved Lawrence over to third base, but they did have two-outs lurking over them and she would later score on passed ball. Cassandra Ballou reached base on an error by the Devils but did knocked around two more Panther runs and would be driven in by Cassidy Culpepper by a single to shortstop.  

“Going into the game our plan was to keep it close and try to win it at the end”, said head coach Matt Stonbraker. “The team scrapped the whole game and I was extremely proud of how they fought and their resilience to not give up after being down so early.”