COMMERCE — A one-out single to left in the sixth inning by River Friel drove in what turned out to be the winning run as Commerce squeezed out a 7-6 victory over Afton.
The win put the cap on a festival sweep by the Lady Tigers here Tuesday, Aug. 8.
They started the day with a 10-2 win over Foyil.
The Lady Eagles rolled 14-5 against Foyil in the middle game of the day.
“We played well,” Commerce coach Kaily Harvey said. “We bunted when we needed to, and then came up with key hits. We also capitalized on their errors to score some runs.”
The game was a seesaw battle through five innings.
Afton got two runs in the top of the fifth on a wild pitch and error to go up 5-3, but the Lady Tigers regained the lead by scoring three times in their half of the inning on a two-run single by Ashley Myers and an error.
Afton squeezed out a run in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice bunt by Carlee Shinn.
Friel’s single to left enabled Morgan Ballard to score CHS’ seventh run.
Ballard led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed to second by Rhyane Hallett and sprinted home on Friel’s base hit.
The Lady Eagles threatened in the top of the seventh when Savanna Mullikin tripled with one out.
Mullikin was picked off then Ashley Barton struck out Layne Hudson to end the game.
Barton struck out six and walked three while allowing six hits.
“Ashley pitched very well and our defense finally got behind her,” Harvey said. “We never gave up and that was the key to our success.”
Barton helped herself at the plate with two singles.
Ballard, Hallett, Friel, Cali Wells, Ashley Myers and Marisa Scott each had a single.
Mulliken also had a single to head up the Afton attack. Shinn, Ragan Hudson, Layne Hudson and Ashley Turley chipped in with a single each.
“We had one bad inning but we battled back and shut them down when we needed to,” Harvey said.
Commerce 10, Foyil 2
A six-run third helped the Lady Tigers take charge.
Each team got a run in the second, CHS went up 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth then the Lady Panthers got their final run in the top of the fifth.
Commerce scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to kick in the run rule.
A two-out bases-loaded walk to Hallett forced in Myers with the final tally.
Barton allowed only four hits in the game, logging three strikeouts with two walks.
Connell, Scott and Friel collected two singles each while Hallett doubled and Ballard and Myers singled.