Photos by Noah Freeman
By Kris Freeman for White House High School
GULF SHORES, AL — After surrendering a first-inning run on an overthrown stolen base attempt, White House settled in and rallied for a 2-1 victory over Houston Academy from Dothan, Ala., in the opening game of the Gulf Coast Classic.
Senior Miranda Cain tied the game in the third when she tripled into the right field gap and scored on a misplayed ball on the defensive relay.
White House took the lead when freshman Brook McCray scored in the top of the fourth inning from third on a double steal, as fellow freshman Lily Frakes took out the play at second base despite being thrown out, allowing the run to cross.
Freshman starter Leigh Ann Sanders won her first career game in the circle as a varsity player (1-0), tossing all five innings and allowing no earned runs.
The game ended on a brilliant defensive play as Houston Academy put a runner on with two outs and freshman Addy Harris slammed the door on the win with a rifle shot to second, with Cain tagging out the runner by six feet to close the contest.
The Gulf Coast Classic is a three-week event at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex with pool play each week on Monday and Tuesday and then a single-elimination round on Wednesday. There are three separate tournaments, so that teams on varying weeks of spring break can travel to the event.