One rally turned a close game into a blowout.
The Lady Tigers sent 18 batters to the plate and scored 14 times in a fourth-inning rally that put the finishing touches on a 15-0 home victory Monday against Seymour.
Freshman Carmen Floyd and Tory Burgess had two-run singles during the spurt. Jessica Herndon ended the game with a two-run single that invoked the mercy rule.
The victory snapped a two-game losing skid for Houston (2-3).
“I kept telling the girls in the first three innings that our timing was just about there,” Lady Tigers coach Boulder McKinney said. “We had some hard-hit balls right to them. I told them we were getting ready to break through.”
Paula Chernowsky and Shelbi Moore had two hits apiece for the Lady Tigers, who had 15 hits. Herndon knocked in three runs.
After giving up a leadoff single, Houston starter Hannah Pounds didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way. She struck out three and walked none en route to a complete-game victory.
Chernowsky’s two-out single put the Lady Tigers ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first. It stayed that way until the fourth.
With two outs and runners on second and third, five consecutive batters walked and Stephanie Moseley was hit by a pitch. Floyd followed with a two-run single, and after another walk, Burgess brought home two more runs with a single.
Herndon finished the rally – and the game – with a single that scored Chernowsky and Lyndsay Tarrants.
“I was proud of Jessica,” McKinney said. “She’s been in a little slump. That should give her some confidence.”
On Thursday, Eminence scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 6-5 victory.
Floyd was 3-for-3 and scored twice for the Lady Tigers. Bethany Korte had two hits and scored twice.