SMITHLAND -- An after-school batting practice and a little bit of revenge sure went a long way for Caldwell County on Tuesday night at Roy Ringstaff Park.
Trailing Lyon County by two runs heading into the seventh inning of the All "A" Second Region semifinal, the Lady Tigers woke up for seven unanswered against Lady Lyon ace Sophie Bingham and pulled away with a stunning 9-4 victory to upset the defending regional champions.
The rally started with a lead-off double from Chandra Litchfield (3-for-5), and by the end of it the Lady Tigers had come back around after Katie Franklin, Allie Felker, Peyton Young, Jamie Burke and Karlie Rennison had all come away with successive RBI hits to rally the troops.
"We have worked on fast pitching since the beginning of the season," Caldwell skipper Lori Young noted after the win. "This afternoon right after school we took immediate batting practice and took a few swings and pumped them up and told them that could hit the ball."
Bingham still came away with four strikeouts and just one walk, but her Caldwell counterpart in Franklin danced around five hits and four walks by getting key strikeouts to end both the second and third innings with the Lady Lyons threatening.
Lyon County took a solid 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth frame behind a three-run bomb from Sydney Melton, whose shot went deep over center field and certainly moved momentum.
But after two extra-inning losses at the hands of the Lady Lyons during the 2016 campaign, Young said her team was determined to show they had improved just as much as their district rivals.
"We wanted to show them that we're here to play ball, too," Young added. "We've improved just as much as anybody has improved."
Caldwell Co. 100 010 7 9 13 1
Lyon Co. 000 400 0 4 5 5
WP: Franklin, LP: Bingham
2B: CC-Young, Burke, LC-Bingham; 3B: LC-Conger; HR: LC-Melton
Top Hitters: CC-Litchfield 3-5, Glover 2-4 (2 R), Franklin 2-5 (R, RBI), Burke 2-3 (R, RBI), LC-Melton 1-4 (3 RBI)
Records: Caldwell County 9-4, Lyon County 12-4.
Moss, Lady Rockets beat Livingston 10-0
After hurling 17 strikeouts in Monday's 8-2 win over University Heights Academy, Brescia-bound Lady Rocket ace Cassidy Moss poured on 13 more punchouts on Tuesday - leading Crittenden County to a 10-0 five-inning win over Livingston Central in the Second Region All "A" semifinals.
The nightcap victory put Crittenden County into Thursday's All "A" Second Region Championship on Thursday, where they'll face district-nemesis Caldwell County for a trip to Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro.
"This is special," Crittenden head coach Stephen Smith said after the victory. "These are the goals that we had in the beginning. I knew (Moss) has had it in her for several years, and putting the team around her (was key). She's always had it in her, and we're just helping her get to that point."
Moss struck out 10 of the first 11 Lady Cardinal batters, including nine in a row to start the game.
It was more than necessary, as Livingston Central pitcher Alyssa Wright was dealing her own game by holding Crittenden County scoreless for the first two innings.
But by the third frame, costly errors from the defense behind Wright wound up rolling in the Lady Rockets' favor. Moss capitalized and jumpstarted four-run innings in both the bottom of the third and fourth frames. She'd finish 2-for-3 with two RBI and two doubles, while Brandy Book basically closed the chapter with a two-run double to put Crittenden County up 7-0 late in the fourth.
By the end, Wright would come away with only three of the 10 runs earned, as the Lady Cardinals committed seven miscues on the night.
Lauren Wring would break up Moss' bid for a perfect game in the top of the fifth, when she popped an opposite field double for Livingston Central's lone hit of the contest.
In the final stanza, Matthia Long would pinch-hit for an RBI single for a 9-0 lead. Chaylee Wolf, who had three RBI, would get hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to win the game.
Now the Lady Rockets turn their attention to a 6 p.m. Thursday matchup with the Lady Tigers and Katie Franklin.
"We know what we want and we just have to go out there and do it," Moss said. "We just have to play as a team ... go out there and go hard for it."
Livingston Central 000 00 0 1 7
Crittenden County 004 42 10 6 0
WP: Moss, LP: Wright
2B: LC-Wring, CC-Moss 2, Book, A. Hicks; 3B: none; HR: none
Top Hitters: CC-Moss 2-3 (2 RBI), Book 1-4 (2 RBI, 2 R), Wolf 1-2 (3 RBI)
Records: Crittenden County 13-2, Livingston Central 4-4.
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