The Lady Patriots were able to bring home a tight 4-3 victory over the Lady Cats Tuesday, Apr. 13.
Heritage junior Kinsley Caruthers started on the mound and kicked off the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning.
Laura Walker got the start for the Lady Cats. She pitched a complete game, allowing six hits for four runs. All four runs scored on three Heritage home runs.
Heritage senior Samantha Burke hit her fifth home run in four games in the third inning, and senior Ashlynn Randall homered in the fourth to score the eventual game-winning run.
Greenbrier scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to draw within one and had the tying run on base in the fourth, sixth and seventh inning.
Heritage junior Brynna Hinshaw earned the save, throwing the final three innings, allowing no runs on four hits. She managed to get out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning.
“It’s really a confidence-building thing to see, and that’s what I’ve told them,” Heritage head coach Kim Snyder said. “I said they need to see that and need to understand what they did was really big. They took on a really tough competitor and held them off for several innings.”
Heritage has now won their last five games and is trending in the right direction. Snyder was happy with their effort Tuesday and how they have been playing recently.
“I was really proud of them today,” Snyder said. “We talked a lot about just needing to take it one at a time. Every out, every at bat, every game is one of the times. Every pitch they end up growing, and they did the job today which caps off a really good week for us at this point. We took on Westmoreland last night, another tough competitor and made it work. They did their jobs, and I’m super proud so we’re certainly going to celebrate this win.”
Greenbrier head coach Janna Harris was pleased to see her team’s comeback effort, but she said that was nothing new.
“They’ve done that all season,” Harris said. “There’s not been a game that we’ve fallen behind in, and they haven’t fought back. I never doubted that they wouldn’t try to stay in it. We just didn’t get the hit when we needed the hit. There’s a couple of times where we could have busted it wide open, and it just didn’t happen for us tonight and that’s okay.”
The Lady Cats were coming off a trip to Kingsport where they went 9-3 in a matter of days.
“We played well coming off of a weekend where we did not play well, so we’re starting to hit our stride, and this is when you want to,” Harris said. “Games like this are going to make you better.”