Calera rallies past Briarwood in extra inningsPublished 1:22am Friday, April 26, 2013
By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter
NORTH SHELBY – The Calera Eagles softball team capitalized in extra innings to take a 10-9 victory over the Briarwood Christian Lions April 25.
The Eagles (24-10-1) took a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but Briarwood responded in the second inning. Morgan Reed gave the Lions the lead with a 2-run double to left and scored on an Amelia Moore bunt single to give Briarwood a 4-2 lead.
Calera pulled within one in the third when Shelby Clark scored on a Charley Clark sacrifice fly before regaining the lead with a big fourth inning. The Eagles loaded the bases with two outs and Charley Clark came up big for Calera with a 2-run single down the third baseline and Skylar Laird followed with a 2-RBI single of her own for a 7-4 Eagles’ lead.
Briarwood (19-9) battled back in the bottom of the fourth with two outs. Reed and Rachel Walz each hit triples to lead the Lions to a 3-run fourth to even the score 7-7.
The tied score stood through the seventh inning forcing extra innings. The eighth inning began with the Eagles’ starting with a runner at second base with the international tiebreaker rule in effect. Somer Roberson drove in the runner with a double to left to give Calera an 8-7 lead.
Briarwood was able to move the runner to third on a sacrifice bunt and Reed followed with a sacrifice fly to center to tie the score 8-8 to send the game into a ninth inning.
Calera’s Kymber McGiboney hit an RBI triple to right and scored on a single by Charley Clark to give the Eagles a 10-8 lead.
The Lions moved the runner to third to begin the Briarwood ninth inning and scored on a Calera error to cut the deficit to one, 10-9. Calera held on to the lead when the final Briarwood batter popped up to first to give the Eagles the 10-9 victory.
Charley Clark finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the Eagles and McGiboney went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
Emily Sanders pitched Calera to the win with five scoreless innings allowing one hit with four strikeouts.
Reed led Briarwood with a 3-for-3 effort with two doubles and a triple with an RBI. Walz went 2-for-4 with a triple.
Reed took the loss for the Lions allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk.