GOOD HOPE – The remainder of the Good Hope Softball Invitational was suspended due to a tornado warning this evening. The suspension came during the Good Hope vs. West Point game. A decision regarding when and if the rest of the tournament will be played is expected soon.
Holly Pond won the first single-elimination tournament game of the day, 5-4, over Addison, and was set to take on the no. 1 seed, the Danville Lady Hawks, after the conclusion of the Good Hope-West Point game. After the Lady Raiders got done batting in the top of the third inning, there was some lightning close to the field around 5:40 p.m., and the umpires told both teams to stay in their dugouts. A tornado warning was issued shortly thereafter, and the umpires suspended the rest of the tournament.
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From day one on Friday:
West Point 3, Addison 2
Makayla Brown hit a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift West Point to a come-from-behind win over Addison.
Molly Pendley had three hits and an RBI for West Point. Lillie Burdette had two hits. Brown's only hit was the game-winning home run, and Jordyn Kimbrell had the other hit.
Butler had three hits and an RBI for Addison. Destiney Walker, Maison Evans and Anna Luker each had two hits.
Addison 10, Holly Pond 9
Addison came back from losing to West Point to defeat Holly Pond in a wild game.
They got off to a very strong start in the first inning. Butler hit an RBI single and Mckenzie Morgan had a two-run single to put Addison up, 3-0. They added two more runs in the third to increase the lead to 5-0. But Holly Pond came roaring back in the top of the fourth, putting up seven in the inning, with a few of those big hits coming off the bats of Taylor Tankersley (two-run double), Kolby Holcombe (RBI double) and Ciera James (two-run single), and they grabbed a 7-5 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs tied it up at seven in their half, but Holly Pond took the lead right back with a two-run fifth inning. Addison came back with three runs in their half, including the game-winning run on a wild pitch.
Danville 8, Good Hope 3
In the final game of the day, Danville got off to a strong start and pulled away late to defeat Good Hope.
A lead-off double by Morgan Weatherwax, followed by a walk from Callie Ryan, had the Lady Hawks in business early. Two straight outs by Sidnie English had her one out away from getting out of the early jam. Savanna Free kept the inning alive with an RBI single, then during the same play, Ryan scored on an error by the right fielder. Savanna Pelfrey hit a single to center field, then the center fielder made an error, allowing Free to score to put Danville up, 3-0.
Good Hope countered in their half. Erika Woodall had a leadoff double, then two consecutive outs swiveled their chances to score in the inning. Then they started a two-out rally, as Alex Stansell hit an RBI double to right-center, then an RBI single by Abby Neighbors cut the early deficit to 3-2.
A one-out walk by Weatherwax had the Lady Hawks looking to increase their lead in the second inning, and they did just that, as Ryan drilled a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence for a two-run homer to make the score, 5-2. The Lady Raiders cut the deficit to 5-3 on an RBI double by Neighbors. But Danville pulled away in the fourth inning. Weatherwax reached on a dropped fly ball by the left fielder to lead off the inning, then Ryan drew a walk. Emma Broadfoot crushed a two-run double to left field, then a walk and a single loaded the bases for Pelfrey, who popped out for out number one. Emily Watts struck out swinging, but
Stansell dropped the ball, and threw wildly past first base to allow Broadfoot to push the lead to 8-3, which ended up being the final score.
Stansell and Neighbors had the only hits and RBIs for Good Hope.