Lady Lions advance in District

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In a roller coaster sort of game Monday afternoon at Harrisburg, the Manila Lady Lions advanced to the second round of the 3A-3 district tournament with a 17-16 eight inning win over Piggott.

After the top of the order for Manila went down 1-2-3 to open the game, the Lady Mohawks got on the board with a pair of runs to make it 2-0. With two runners in scoring position, Kristen Painter closed out the inning with her first strike-out of the game.

Manila catcher Jonna Dodd applies tag to an unidentified Lady Mohawk in the Lion's 17-16 win over Piggott Thursday afternoon at Harrisburg. (Town Crier photo/Dan Brawner)

Painter had a rough outing on the mound as she gave up 16 runs on seven hits and 23 walks while striking out seven.

Painter more than made up for her off day pitching with a 3-5 performance at the plate, scoring four runs, knocking in another and stealing a base. Her first run tied the game 2-2 as she and her teammates shoved a nine-run rally down the Mohawk's throats to take a 9-2 lead going into the bottom of the inning.

Piggott managed three runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 9-5, but the Lady Lions roared back with five more scores in the top of the fourth to increase their lead to 14-5. It looked as if Manila might get the mercy rule invoked, but as rallies tend to do, this one suddenly came to a halt for the Lady Lions.

After tacking on another run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to eight, 14-6, neither team could get a run across the plate in the fourth. The drought carried over to the top of the fifth for the Lions, but not for Piggott.

Like Manila, the Lady Mohawks suddenly went on a roll and scored seven runs to make the game close again, 14-13. After both teams went scoreless again in the sixth, Painter and Leigha Woody singled, then came home on a Chantel Hames single to put the Lady Lions up by three, 16-13.

Not willing to simply roll over and die, Piggott had a mini-rally as they scored three times to tie the game at 16-all. They left the winning run at second, though, as the Lion defense rose to the occasion and closed out the side.

After being in complete control of the game, Manila was hanging on for dear life. With Peyton Joyner at second to start the top of the eighth, as extra innings rules required, Katie Donner ripped a hit to short right center to score Joyner for what turned out to be the winning run.

The bottom of the eighth saw the Manila defense simply take care of business as they put down three of four batters, the final out coming when Painter grabbed a grounder at the mound and calmly threw it to Donner for the out.

Offensively, Leigha Woody led the hitting, going 5-5 with four runs and a double, with Donner going 3-6 with two runs and a stolen base. Colleen Kemp finished 2-6 with two runs, a stolen base and an RBI, while Brooke Hill was 1-5 with one run and two stolen bases.

Hames went 1-5 with two RBIs and stole two bases, while both Joyner and Johnna Dodd went 1-6. Joyner scored a pair of runs and stole a base, while Dodd scored a run.

Manila saw their season come to a close with a 10-0 shutout loss at the hands of host Harrisburg Thursday night.

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