By Kris Freeman for White House High School
ASHLAND CITY – In a matchup of two teams which will most likely meet again in the District 9-AA Tournament, White House earned a season split with Cheatham County and rallied for a 6-4 win on the road Monday.
Freshman Addy Harris was 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the Lady Devils bounced back from two early home runs and a 3-0 deficit heading into the fourth inning. White House improved to 5-6 in district play, but the win all but assured the Lady Devils of a fourth place finish and pushed the Lady Cubs to fifth. If it remains, the two squads would play again in the first round of the districts after each won a game in the regular season.
Junior Chloe Hart had two hits and a walk in the game, scoring three runs, and sparked the first rally with a lead-off triple in the fourth. Harris doubled her home with one out.
White House jumped ahead with a big fifth inning, with a lead off single by LeighAnn Sanders, but then the Devils ran into a double play on a sac bunt to force two outs. Kaylee Rogers, who was 2-for-4 in the game, doubled and Brook McCray singled, then Hart came through with a walk before senior Miranda Cain doubled home two runs to tie the game with two outs at 3-3.
Harris followed to give White House a 5-3 lead with her second straight double, driving home two, but she and Kate Tobin were stranded after Tobin reached on an error and the Cheatham County shortstop made a great play off a rocket from Matti Ellis to end the inning.
The Lady Cubs got on the board early with a solo shot from Johnson in the second and a solo home run by Macy Harter in the third before Ansley Pfeffer reached on a single and scored on a double by Davenport to make it 3-0.
But after White House took a 5-3 lead in the fifth, the Lady Cubs got one run back and threatened again in the sixth.
Sisco singled and moved to third eventually on a sacrifice by Cannon, but after Harter singled home a run, Harper Dee drilled a line drive to left field where senior Gabby Crousser reached above and snagged what could have been a game-saving out. Pfeffer then flew out to short to keep it a 5-4 game with two runners on base.
The Lady Devils added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Hart singled with one out and scored on a single by Harris after Cain moved her up. White House held a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom half.
Starter LeighAnn Sanders got two quick outs in the seventh and went the distance, but not without excitement in the final frame. Johnson and Dyrbala singled back-to-back with two outs and Sisco reached on a tough play, beating the throw on a bobble on an infield grounder to load the bases.
Sanders struck out Cannon with the bases loaded to end the game. Sanders allowed four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in seven innings.
White House hosts Sycamore in the final home game of the season on Tuesday. White House defeated Sycamore 7-0 in the first meeting.