WHITE HOUSE – In the final regular-season meeting of the year, the White House Heritage softball team defeated White House 11-1 on the road.
Heritage ace Alyssa Arden threw a two-hitter, giving up one unearned run in the after White House scored in the bottom of the first courtesy of a lead-off walk and two errors.
The Lady Devils made five key errors in the loss. Of the 11 Heritage runs, three were marked unearned and one came from a fielder’s choice, not resulting in an out.
“I’m not going to take anything away from Heritage,” Lady Devils coach Cindy Towers said. “They’re a really good hitting team. I think we take away some of the errors in the beginning and it’s a different ball game. Arden is a really good pitcher and they’re a good ball hitting team. Their 3-4-5 hitters can hit with anybody. Hallum, Arden and West are tough.”
Heritage had two four-run innings in the top of the fourth and the sixth. In the fourth, Alex McFarlin doubled, Riley Hallum singled and Arden singled to load the bases for Sami West.
West almost cleared the bases with a two-RBI double. Alex Martin followed with a groundout RBI and Addison Holmes reached on an error while West scored to take a 7-1 lead.
In the sixth, Banker reached on an error and made it to second base on a groundout. Staten Holmes hit an RBI single and McFarlin followed with a single to put runners on the corners for Hallum. She hit a two-RBI double, followed by an RBI single from Arden to make it 11-1.
After White House finally got out of the inning, the Lady Devils tried to rally. Kyra McCall led off with a double and advanced all the way to third. Kaylee Rogers drew a two-out walk to put runners on the corners, but a strikeout ended the 29-pitch inning for Arden and gave the Lady Pats the win.
The Lady Pats are sitting at a perfect 8-0 in the district with six of their wins coming from via the run-rule.
“I never want to overlook anybody, especially in this district,” Lady Pats coach Kim Schnyder said. “People have seen Alyssa enough to strategize a little bit. The odds become in the batter’s favor, so we need to make sure the defenders backing her up are confident. That’s something we have to work on, too.”
White House (6-2) and Greenbrier (5-2) play Monday for the first time in what will most likely be a battle for second place in the regular season.
Heritage has Sycamore twice and Harpeth and Greenbrier once before the district tournament begins at Greenbrier.
“It’s a matter of reminding them that there’s always room to improve,” Schnyder said. “Anytime you think you’ve got this game made is when you’re going to slip up. So, I’m constantly trying to ask the girls what they’re going to focus on getting better, what did they learn tonight, what did they do well? They need to understand that there’s always something they can be doing. Nobody’s ever even played a perfect, perfect game.”
White House has Greenbrier twice and Sycamore and Westmoreland one more time before the season ends.
“I told them to look at this as a positive,” Towers said. “If we hadn’t made a couple errors, it would’ve been a different ball game. We hit Arden at their place and we put the ball in play a lot here. If we can hit Arden, I feel confident that we can hit anybody in our district, I really do.”
White House Heritage (11)
Staten Holmes: two hits, one RBI, one run
Alex McFarlin: four hits, three runs
Riley Hallum: three hits (one double, one triple), two RBIs, three runs
Alyssa Arden: three hits, one RBI, one run
Carlee Duke: one run (courtesy for Arden)
Sami West: three hits, four RBIs, one run
Alex Martin: one RBI
Addison Holmes: one hit, one RBI
White House (1)
Erica Moore: one hit
Kyra McCall: one hit
WP: Alyssa Arden: six innings, two hits, one run, 13 strikeouts, three walks
LP: Kate Tobin: four innings, seven runs, five earned, one strikeout, two walks
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