It wasn’t pretty, but not all wins are as East Lawrence punched their ticket to the regional tournament in Florence Tuesday afternoon with a 7-5 win over Phil Cambpell.
The win was the Eagles’ fourth over the Bobcats this season, but this one wasn’t as easy as it took 10 innings to get the win.
“We had to gut that one out,” said head coach Don Smith. “It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to win. Now we’re in Florence and that’s all that matters.”
East Lawrence took a 2-0 lead early before a solo homerun sparked a four run burst by the Bobcats.
East Lawrence quickly took the lead back by scoring three runs in the fifth. Brooklyn Letson hit an RBI single to put them back on top 5-4.
The Eagles had a chance to end it in regulation, securing two outs with nobody on. However, the winning out bounced off the pitcher’s glove and the Bobcats managed to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
East Lawrence finally took the lead and eventually the win in the 10 when a hard hit ball by Tori Crow edged by the third baseman’s glove, allowing two runs to score.
Briley Pitt was the star of the game, going 4-5 at the plate with three hits and a walk, as well as pitching a complete game.
“I’ve got a good defense and I knew that every pitch they had my back,” Pitt said. “We were just able to play defense until eventually we got some runs across.”
Phil Campbell took most of the momentum when they tied the game in the seventh, but Pitt and the Eagles were never phased and eventually came back to get the win.
“That was really big. We never gave up,” Pitt said. “It feels really good to get back to regionals.”
Pitt pitched the whole 10 innings, allowing 12 hits and five runs with six strikeouts. It was her third game in two days.
“Briley Pitt is a competitor. She has no quit in her and she’ll compete until she dies,” said head coach Don Smith. “She had a long day yesterday, pitching two games, but you really don’t worry about her because she’s going to give it all she’s got. She’s a leader on the field and at the plate.”