Myrtle was down early, but never out, chipping away for its fourth division win, 12-9, at Ingomar on Thursday.
The Lady Falcons came out scoring six runs in the first, led by an RBI double by Amy Fooshee, followed by an RBI triple by Erin Wall. Ingomar maintained the lead until the sixth, when Myrtle scored five runs off as many hits.
“We’ve been preaching all year that softball is a game of failure,” Myrtle coach Marty Cook said. “You’re going to fail more times than you succeed, and you just have to keep an attitude. After we went 0-4 in the county tournament, we had a heart-to-heart and we came up with a new attitude. We’re just not going to quit. We were down 6-0 earlier, then we cut into that, making it 6-3, and just kept scratching away. Everyone stepped up when they needed to. It was a total team effort.”
Leading the comeback for Myrtle was Allie Bishop, whose four hits led the Lady Hawks. No hit was bigger than the sophomore’s base-clearing double in the sixth that cut Ingomar’s lead to 9-8.
“Allie is not your typical number two hitter, but she puts the ball in play so well that I had to put her there,” Cook said. “We can do hitting-runs with her, and I don’t have to worry with her, because she’ll put it in play somewhere. She stepped up big time tonight.”
Bishop’s hit was followed by an RBI single by Meshay Cox that tied the game at nine. Emily Cook put the Lady Hawks ahead, 10-9, with her single, and with bases loaded again in the seventh, Cox padded the lead her two-run double. The Lady Hawks had four batters with multiple hits, including Lauren Coggin, who was placed in the lineup due to the absence of Aspriona Gilbert. The freshman responded with three hits, including an RBI double in the second inning.
“I believe in rewarding a kid when they do well, and she came through for us, stepping in during the county tournament,” Cook said. “She’s been proving in practice, so I thought I would give her a chance. She came through tonight.”
The win makes Myrtle 6-6 (4-0), while the Lady Falcons fall to 3-14 (0-1) Wall and Courtney Thompson each had two hits to lead Ingomar’s offense.
Both teams will return to division play next week, with Ingomar hosting a double header against Ashland on Monday and Myrtle hosting West Union on Tuesday.