Raider bats come alive late in Webb win
Southern Vance and J.F. Webb were tied at 1 Tuesday until a five-run fourth inning followed by a three-run fifth propelled the Raiders to a 9-4 win.
Southern improved to 2-1 in league play while Webb dropped to 1-3.
Megan Hight and Kiyanna Kearney each had two hits to lead the Raiders at the plate. Hight had doubles in both the fourth and fifth innings. The two-run rip to left in the fifth pushed Southern’s lead to 9-1.
“It just took them a couple of innings to start timing the ball,” said Raider coach Leann Harrell. “But we caught on and luckily started hitting the ball.”
Webb scored one in the first but Southern pitcher Kaylan Hoyle kept the Warriors out of rhythm until the sixth and seventh innings.
“That’s one thing we have to work on,” said first-year Warrior coach CeCe Duke, “hitting in the beginning.”
Josie Salisbury and Ellen Blevins knocked in runs for Webb in the seventh to narrow the gap to five runs.
Baserunning errors didn’t help the Warriors in their last at-bat. Salisbury rounded third base following a base hit from Hannah Arneth, but couldn’t get back to third before being tagged out by Kearney.
Two batters later, Arneth was picked off at third by Southern catcher Megan Hight to end the game.
Dee Paschall and Bre Lewis also registered hits for Webb.
Lewis came on in relief of starting pitcher Chloe Norton.
Brittany West, Alicia Shearin and Allyson Dunn added hits for the Raiders, who followed last Wednesday’s loss to Orange with a non-conference win at Person Friday.
The Rockets had previously lost only to South Granville before falling to Southern 10-4.
Southern faces Chapel Hill Wednesday before visiting Northern Vance Friday. Webb visits Cardinal Gibbons Friday.
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