Lady Wolves start quick and hold off Texarkana for win


Staff Reports | 4/30/2018

PEARCY --Six runs in the first inning proved huge as the Lady Wolves used that cushion to defeat Texarkana in the first round of the district tournament.

"We had a big game last night," Lake Hamilton head coach Amy Teague said. "We kind of dug ourselves a hole last night and came back and scored five runs in the seventh inning to beat White Hall, 9-8. Sometimes when you go through the emotions we went through last night ... the next day I worry that you'll come out flat.

"I felt like we came out a little flat today. I was proud of how we persevered through it and ended up with a win."

The Lady Wolves (16-8) used Annalee Diehl on the mound as she sent the first three back to the dugout in order for Texarkana (9-14).

Diehl made it 7-1 with a two out home run off an 0-1 pitch over the center field wall to make it 7-1, but Claire Evans's hit off the tip of the bat was caught to end the inning without another run for the home team.

"We strung a few hits together," said Texarkana head coach Elizabeth Tankersley. "Every time we play them, we have that one big inning where we give up too many runs, and we're trying to dig our way out. We can't do that.

"I am proud of my kids. We had that comeback home run and a couple hits here and there. We executed our short game a little better today. They run-ruled us the first two times we played them this year, and we made it a ballgame today. That was our goal -- to compete."

"We really in practice emphasize doing your job at the plate. We really work on moving our runners and, when we get our runners in scoring position, executing. I feel like we're doing a better job at that.
There was one inning I was disappointed that we had the bases loaded and then, with our one, two and three up -- Madison (Hardcastle), Charlye (Rowland) and Hailee (Quilici) -- and we didn't score. That was a little disappointing. We really put an emphasis on moving runners and executing when those runners are in scoring position," said Teague.

"That's what we need," Teague said. "We need Annalee to start and Charlye to come in and finish. That is what we've been working on all year long, too. If they continue to do their job down the stretch, they'll put us in a good position to have a chance at beating some of these higher-seeded teams."

"We're doing a good job," Teague said. "I feel like we're ready to face Greenwood Tuesday. We're all excited, I think. It's what we've been waiting for all year long."