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March 19, 2014

NEL tops Clarkdale in comeback win

MERIDIAN — Down early 7-0, Northeast Lauderdale High School’s softball team relied on patience — lots of patience — to climb back into the game.

And it was patience at the plate that produce more than 20 walks to help lead the Lady Trojans to a come-from-behind, 18-13 win against Clarkdale High School Tuesday night at Clarkdale.

The Lady Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead after two, but an eight-run top of the third for Northeast got the Lady Trojans going. From there, the lead would change several more times before Northeast pulled away in the later innings.

“It wound up being awesome (to watch),” Northeast coach Sean Gerald said. “We told them we wanted to draw a lot of walks, and at the end of the game I think we had 24. They were well-disciplined at the plate, and when we needed doubles and gappers, that’s what we got.”

Clarkdale head coach Britt Bennett said his team gave far too many free passes to have any hope of winning — and it’s not the first time the Lady Bulldogs have struggled with issuing walks.

“We’re not giving ourselves a chance to win right now, because we can’t throw strikes,” Bennett said. “If you score 13 runs in a fastpitch game, you ought to win. We’re struggling pitching-wise.”

Both teams had a slew of multiple hitters. Heather Harwell and Meredith Hunt both went 2-for-5 for Clarkdale, and Hunt had a double. Anna Guin, Aubrey Hart and Alex Riser all finished 3-for-5.

For Northeast, Zy Harris was 3-for-5 with a double, Haley Randall went 2-for-2 with a double and Kennedy Cummings finished 2-for-4 with a triple. Brittany Baty, Madison McElroy and Taylor Gore all had doubles for the Lady Bulldogs.

Brianna Robbins (4-0) got the win, giving up six earned runs on 13 hits in seven innings. She also walked four and hit two batters.

Molly McLeod took the loss, yielding 14 runs, 18 walks and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. She also hit two batters.

Clarkdale (4-5) will return to action Saturday at Northeast, while Northeast (4-4) will play Thursday at Northwest Jones.

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