HEDGESVILLE – Jefferson went toe-to-toe with the Lady Eagles Tuesday night, but would ultimately be victim to a big nine-run fourth inning. A deficit hard to come back from, the Cougars chipped away at the lead in their following half, but couldn’t meet the mark falling 12-7 on the road.
With Jefferson taking the lead in the top of the fourth with two runs off of a double to center field, Hedgesville responded with their game-clinching rally. Isabella Forte tied the game with a fly to Ashley Palmer in center field, driving in Miranda Payne. Avery Conner followed with a fast grounder to Palmer, pushing in Ashlyn Ruest and putting Kailan Haught on third.
Two singles by Emma Turner and Alexis Barnhart would push the lead to 8-4 before Alexis Myers doubled on a fly to Palmer – bringing in Turner. Two more singles by Payne and Kelsey Turben solidified the run count at 12 before the Cougars picked up their final two outs.
Makenzie Daniels picked things up in the top of the fifth, singling no a 0-2 count to push in Emilie Mason. Ashtin Hoover followed with a single of her own to bring in Daniels, cutting the deficit to just six runs. After two back-to-back outs, Isabella O’Bannion singled on a fly to center field to bring in Hoover. The Cougars would fail to chip away at the lead through the rest of the game, and Hedgesville picked up their win number 13 after two more innings.
Barnhart was strong at the plate for the Eagles, going 2-3 with three RBI and one walk.
Ashley Palmer matched Barnhart with three RBI on a .500 (2-4) night at the plate.
Turner claimed the win for Hedgesville, giving up just one walk and five earned runs. She struck out just one.
Hoover picked up the loss for Jefferson, pitching the entire game giving up 11 earned runs and seven walks. She didn’t pick up a strikeout, and 13 of her pitches resulted in groundouts (5) and flyouts (8).