Lady Dogs walk off, walk over Pittsburg
May 13, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Carthage advanced to the 4A Regional softball semi-finals over the weekend by sweeping a best-of-three series against Pittsburg. The Lady Bulldogs got a walk-off single from Kaitlynn Earle Friday night to win a 12-11 thriller and then rode a one-hit shutout by sophomore Taylor Wills to a 9-0 rout on Saturday afternoon. Both games were played at Letourneau University in Longview.
Friday's contest was tied at 11-11 with Carthage batting in the bottom of the seventh when Earle singled off of Kaycee Parker, driving in the winning run.
Both offenses were strong as the Lady Dogs collected 14 hits and Pittsburg finished with12.
Pittsburg took the lead in the first inning when Tori Henderson singled on a 1-2 count in the first inning, scoring two runs.
The game then turned into a score fest. Carthage evened things up at 11-11 in the bottom of the sixth inning, plating two runs on a single by Addison Blissett with one out.
The Lady Dogs had scored four runs in the fourth inning. The rally was fueled by a home run by Chelcie Pierce, a walk to Earle and a walk by Teagan Barker.
Pittsburg then scored five runs in the fifth inning. The big inning for the Lady Pirates resulted via a single by Madison Sansom, a double by Hammonds, an error and a walk.
Chelcie Pierce and Kayman Courtney homered for Carthage.
Home runs for Pittsburg came from McKenna Wood and Bailey Smith in the second inning.
Hope Kruebbe went 4-for-4 to lead the Carthage attack.
The Saturday rematch was never in doubt thanks to an outstanding outing from Wills who surrendered only a fifth-inning single. Courtney, Pierce and Carson Robertson each had two hits for the Lady Bulldogs. Robertson drove in four runs.
Carthage will advance to the next playoff round with an overall record of 29-6-2.