DHS Lady Tigers split at Demopolis Invitational

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Hale County 12, Demopolis JV 1

The Demopolis Lady Tigers played Hale County in the first game of the Demopolis Invitational and came up short in the game 12-1. Demopolis had several early scoring opportunities that were all snuffed out by the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Tiger defense fell to several early errors that allowed Hale County to take a commanding lead.

The lone score for Demopolis came in the top of the fifth inning after Lara Tucker led off with a single. She stole second base and then move to third on a single by Stewart Gross. Tucker would then score on a wild pitch.

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Brandi McGee (3-3) suffered the loss for Demopolis. She pitched four innings and gave up six hits while walking five and striking out two. Hunter Lewis pitched the final inning of the contest and gave up one hit and walked one batter.

Demopolis 4, Hillcrest 3

The DHS varsity squad collected two runs in the top of the eighth inning against the Lady Patriots of Hillcrest to earn a 4-3 win in their first game of the Invitational.

Senior Kelly Keasler scored the go ahead run in the eighth on a single by Lauren Roark to give the Lady Tigers the 3-2 lead. Molly Barnes entered the game to run for Roark and moved to second on a passed ball. Barnes would then move to third on a hit by Katie Simmons and then score the final run of the game on a passed ball to give Demopolis the final margin of victory.

Demopolis scored in the top of the first inning as Dorothy Knapp walked and then scored on a triple by Roark. The Lady Tigers would find another run in the top of the fourth inning, as lead off hitter Katie Simmons walked to start the inning then would steel second and third base.

A passed ball would allow Simmons to score and give the lady tigers a 2-0 lead. Hillcrest would fight back with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut into the lead, and then add another run in the bottom of the seventh to tie things up at 2-2.

After Demopolis scored two in the top of the eighth inning, the Lady Patriots had their opportunities snuffed out by the Tiger defense. Hillcrest would work the bases loaded with no outs. Lauren Roark (5-5) got a ground ball to shortstop Kristin Etheridge that threw a strike to catcher India Chancelor to get the first out.

After a fly out to right fielder Heather Wright, Demopolis was now one out away from victory; however, a passed ball would allow a runner to score and cut the lead to 4-3. With two outs, Roark would get a ground ball to Simmons at first base to end the game. Roark pitched a complete game two hitter with two walks, earning 10K’s.

Dallas County 2, Demopolis 0

In the second game of the afternoon, the Demopolis bats became silent as Dallas County limited the Lady Tigers two hits and a total of four base runners to defeat Demopolis 2-0.

The game saw a defensive struggle that was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when the Lady Hornets had a lead off triple that gave them the edge of 1-0.

Another run in the seventh inning made the final margin 2-0. Demopolis saw only one runner reach second base all day only to be picked off moments later.

Kelly Keasler (4-2) took the loss for Demopolis, as she gave up two runs on 5 hits with no walks, while striking out 13 batters.

The Demopolis JV will play Sweet Water at home on Monday. The Varsity will host Clarke County on Tuesday for their first home game under the lights on the DHS campus and will travel to Bibb County on Wednesday. Both teams will be in action at home on Thursday against Jackson.