Senior night celebrations were spoiled Monday evening as the Cumberland County Lady Panthers held off a late Lady Raider rally to hold on to a 9-4 win.
Despite turning three double plays in the game, McCreary couldn’t hold off an early onslaught from the Lady Panthers, who scored four runs in the top of the first inning. The Lady Raiders had Cumberland down to the final out of the inning with a runner on third when the Panthers broke free with four consecutive hits before McCreary got out of the inning.
Cumberland tacked on two important insurance runs in the third on only two hits, but three Lady Raider errors added to the scoring and allowed the Panthers to take a commanding lead.
The Lady Panthers added 2 more runs in the fourth and a solo run in the fifth for a 9-0 advantage.
The Lady Raiders’ offense struggled through the first five innings, collecting only four baserunners on three hits and one hit batter before their big inning came in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs, and her team trailing 9-0, Macey Welchel started a rally with a single to left. Shadonna Boyatt kept the momentum going with a base-hit, and Cyndol Kiser’s single drove in the Lady Raiders’ first run of the game.
Taylor Sumner cleared the bases with a no-doubt home run over the left field fence, cutting the lead down to 9-4.
After ending a Cumberland County threat with an inning-ending double play in the top of the seventh, McCreary came up for their final at-bat with a chance at making a dramatic comeback. Ally Anderson drew a one-out walk but was erased on a double play on a fly-out to right field – ending the game.
The Lady Raiders play their final regular season game this Friday when they travel to Rockcastle County.
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