Three-run innings carry Washington past Eagles

A pair of late three-run innings carried Washington past Hedgesville, 7-6, in a softball game played at Washington High last Tuesday afternoon.

Trailing 6-4 when it had its last turn, the Patriots had no more room for error when their first two batters were retired to begin the bottom of the seventh.

It was Christina Collins who gave the Patriots some life in the seventh. Collins singled to keep the game going. When Alycia Lambert walked, the Patriots had the tying run aboard.

A passed ball had Washington runners at second and third. Tori Manuel pushed a single toward right-field. Both Collins and Lambert scored on Manuel’s clutch, two-RBI hit.

It was a 6-6 game.

Chelsea Carey, Washington’s winning pitcher, kept the inning alive with her single. Amber Curry sent a looping single to right to plate the game-winning run.

Washington had also scored three runs in the sixth inning.

Carey and starting Washington pitcher, Devin Williams, limited the Lady Eagles to five hits.

Hedgesville’s early two-run lead came as a result of hits from Allison Sween, Molly Seibert, and Abby Crawford.

Collins had an RBI single that plated Marissa Bales with Washington’s first run. Carey and Kaitlyn Woodward had RBI hits in the Patriots’ earlier three-run inning.

Carey and Manuel were both credited with three hits while both Curry and Collins each added two hits to the Washington ledger.

The Patriots appeared to be saddled with a loss when they were down to their last out. But then five straight batters reached safely. And the Patriots pulled out a one-run win.

The Patriots dropped a doubleheader to Buckhannon on Friday. The Buccaneers took the opener, 8-4, and came back to take the nightcap, 11-4.

Washington’s overall record was 5-5, while the Buccaneers were 7-1.

In the closely-played opener, Buckhannon scored four times in the top of the seventh to post the win. The second game had to be called by darkness, but enough innings (four) were played to make it an official game.

Buckhannon scored three runs in every inning played save the second. Most of Washington’s scoring came in the third and the fourth before darkness overcame the teams.

Once trailing by five runs, the Patriots staged a late-game comeback by scoring 13 runs in the last two innings to beat visiting Handley, 15-6, on Monday.

The Judges led, 6-2, as late as the fifth inning.

With three hits and two RBIs, Amber Curry had a big day at the plate. She also scored twice. Devin Williams was 2-for-2 and had a pair of RBIs. Christina Collins had two hits and three RBIs.

The Patriots improved to 6-5 overall.

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