RICHMOND – Clay County (26-2) came home with a hard-fought victory over Madison Central on Tuesday evening, defeating the Lady Indians 4-2 on the heels of Brianda Owens monster walk-off two-run home run.
“Bri came out with a 1-0 pitch and drove it out of the park,” said Tiger coach Jamie Gilbert. “We all kept our composure going into the extra innings, it definitely was a key to victory for us.”
The Tigers would jump ahead with an early 2-0 lead in the 2ndinning as Owens would single to reach base. Courtesy runner Avery Fox would be pushed to third as Kimberlyn Mills would single. Fox would steal home for the quick score, after Hailey Napier would single. Emma Hurd would single to score Napier at home.
Madison Southern would tie the contest at 2-2 after three scoreless innings, setting up Owens walk-off home run. Owens would toss all eight innings, allowing seven hits, while striking out three. Shelby Phillips led the offense with three hits in four at bats.
“We played great defense and made the plays we had to make when necessary,” said Gilbert. “By the game going extra innings, the margin of error has to be minimal. I didn’t tell the girls anything other than that we know what we have to do. Maddie Frazier applied that mentality, by taking a HBP to lead off the inning, setting up the walk-off by Brianda,” Gilbert added.
The Tigers have struggled to find games as of late, and this contest was no different. Teams are worried about inclement weather, or simply afraid to face the Tigers. “This Madison Central game was a late add on the schedule, which actually didn’t get scheduled until about 5:30 Tuesday morning. This game helped prepare us for the postseason, as winning tight ballgames against good opponents increases your chance for success.”
Batting – Emma Hurd (1-4) 1 RBI; Shelby Phillips (3-4); Maddie Frazier (1-3); Brianda Owens (1-4) 2 RBI; Allie Phillips (1-4); Kimberlyn Mills (1-4); Hailey Napier (1-4); Tori North (1-4). Pitching – Brianda Owens (W) 8.0 IP, 7 hits, 3 K’s.