Photos by Noah Freeman
By Kris Freeman for White House High School
GULF SHORES, AL — For the second time in two games, White House rallied from a first inning deficit and improved to 2-0 for the season with a 5-4 win over tournament host school Gulf Shores in the Gulf Coast Classic on Monday.
White House defeated Houston Academy in game one after trailing 1-0 in the first, and then came back from a 3-0 disadvantage in game two, scoring three to tie it in the bottom of the inning.
Freshman Brook McCray (1-0) got into trouble in the top of the first with small ball and defensive miscues caused by the bunt game of the Dolphins, but the Lady Devils worked out of the damage after the first three runners reached and scored.
In the bottom of the first, White House struck back with an infield single by Chloe Hart and then a long fly ball single down the left field line by Miranda Cain. Hart moved up to third on a fly out and bad throw following the at-bat of Matti Ellis, then McCray drew a walk to load the bases.
Lily Frakes fouled off the first two pitches with the bases juiced and two outs, then laced a two-RBI single to the left side of the second baseman.
Addy Harris shot one up the middle for a base hit, scoring McCray on a hook slide to jump past and avoid the tag of a sure out at the plate. Frakes was tagged out at third to end the rally.
In the bottom of the second, Leigh Ann Sanders was hit by a pitch and Kaylee Rogers drew a one out walk before Hart bunted both runners to second and third. Cain went opposite field and powered a line drive into the right center gap for a two-RBI single.
White House then took the 5-3 lead and settled in for the win, but things got tough in the final inning for McCray in the circle. The freshman gave up one run on a pair of base hits in the fourth inning, but with two outs induced a fly ball to right field.
With senior Kaylee Rogers playing normal depth and the wind blowing in and changing directions, the ball sailed to the right field line and Rogers made an impressive running snag to end the game with the tying run on base. The Lady Devils did not have to hit in the bottom half.
White House is 2-0 after one day of pool play.
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.
White House plays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. again Tuesday to complete the pool round.