By Kris Freeman for White House High School
The White House Lady Devils suffered a split with rival White House Heritage, after dropping a 7-3 game at home in District 9-AA play Tuesday night.
The Lady Devils gave up a run in the first, but a pair of three-run long balls by the Lady Patriots extended the lead to 7-1 before Miranda Cain drove in two to get a couple of runs back and make it the final score. White House went quietly in the final two innings.
Heritage picked up the first run of the game with a single by Kinsley Caruthers and RBI double by Samantha Burke in the first inning. After Hayden Duff and Caruthers singled in the third, Burke blasted a home run for a 4-0 lead.
White House got one back off Heritage starter Brinna Hinshaw, when Kaylee Rogers singled to right center with the glove coming off of Burke’s hand after a stellar diving attempt at the out. By rule, Rogers got the hit as the contact forced the glove with the ball in tact to lay on the ground. LeighAnn Sanders reached on an error with two outs, but Cain doubled home a run to make it 4-1.
The Lady Patriots stranded Duff after a double in the fourth, but Caruthers and Burke singled to start the fifth and this time it was Julie Glodoski smashing the home run to make it 7-1. Duff got their final hit in the sixth but was stranded again.
White House threatened for the final time in the fifth as Brook McCray singled and Rogers reached on a fielder’s choice, with Kylee Pirtle trapping a line drive at second and putting out a stranded courtesy runner Kayden Albin on the force play. Sanders reached on an error with two outs again, and Cain delivered for a second time, driving in two runs.
Burke and Caruthers each worked a scoreless inning to close it out. McCray took the loss for White House, giving up seven runs on 10 hits. The Lady Patriots took advantage of big hits, as McCray forced 13 pop outs in foul territory or the infield. It was a tough luck night for McCray, as the Lady Patriots came up with good placement at the plate, with just one ball out of the infield of the 21 outs recorded. McCray had 13 pop outs, three strikeouts, a sac bunt, fly ball to the outfield and three infield grounders.
Heritage got revenge after White House rallied to take a 7-5 meeting in the first meeting earlier this season.
The Lady Devils fell to 8-11 (3-4) overall and are off Wednesday and Thursday with a tournament in Ravenwood at Fly Park in Franklin this weekend. The Lady Devils will open Friday against Franklin at 5:30 and Summertown at 8:30.
The JV travels to Station Camp for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Photos by Dawna Seavers and Trish Harris