Wild pitch costly as Lady Raiders edged in extra innings

By Andrew Moore

SPRING HILL — Grit and perseverance doesn’t always lead to victory.

This was the case Tuesday when Spring Hill went head to head with visiting Lawrence County. 

Things started out promising for the Lady Raiders as pitcher Kat Carter tripled at her first at-bat. Though she didn’t score, Carter continued her strong game both at the plate and in the circle.

Carter, who had nine strikeouts by the fourth inning (11 total), reached base two more times before the night was out and did her part by defending home plate in the top of the fifth to keep the game scoreless. 

The game stayed quiet until the top of the sixth when Lawrence County’s M’Kayla Kerr scored from third on a wild pitch. Staying strong and unshaken, Carter was able to strike the very next batter out to end the inning. 

The bottom of the sixth was kind to the hosts, who were able to get runners in scoring position twice in the inning. Almost identical to Lawrence County’s first score, Spring Hill’s first and only score came courtesy of a wild pitch that allowed Katherine Carter to cross home plate and tie the game.

With no score coming from either team in the seventh, the game went into extra innings where Lawrence County was break through as leftfielder Ella Hillhouse crossed home plate.

That score would ultimately cost Spring Hill who couldn’t get its lone runner, Carter, back home as the game ended.

Photos by Rob Fleming / SM-Tn Sports

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