By Chris Yow
COLUMBIA — With the game tied, Zion Christian singer Halle Adcox ripped a line drive to left and cleared the bases in the fourth inning to lift her team to a 6-4 win over Davidson Academy on Thursday. The game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning, and umpires deemed the field unplayable following a lightning delay.
Due to TSSAA rules, the Lady Eagles were declared the winner, as the game was official.
“You hate it for their kids to end their season that way,” Zion Chr. coach Russ Adcox said. “I thought we had the momentum though. We were hitting the ball well and had our three and four hole hitters up.
“(Pitcher) Ashleia (Coble) had just gotten a huge strikeout, too.”
Davidson Acad. scored a pair of runs in the fifth, but Coble was able to get out of the inning with that strikeout. Her excitement as she came off the field was met by her dad, Eric’s, excitement who chest-bumped her to the ground.
“I told him not to hurt my pitcher,” Adcox said, laughing.
Zion got on the board early with a run in the first, but Davidson took a 2-1 lead in the third. Rebecca Hazard, who finished the game 3-for-3 singled in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
Once again, though, the fourth inning was the key for the Lady Eagles. On Wednesday, Zion Christian plated eight runs in the fourth, and yesterday saw four runs cross, including three on the Adcox double. Hazard tripled home a run as well in the inning,
With the win, Zion Christian advances and is just one win away from a trip to the state tournament. The Lady Eagles travel to District 4 No. 1-seed Goodpasture at 3 p.m. with the trip on the line.
“We know that everybody we play is good from here on out, and if we get our bats going we will be a tough out as well,” Adcox said. “This is as far as we’ve ever been in the postseason, so we just want our girls to enjoy this experience.”