Sonoraville senior Kristen Davis propelled the Lady Phoenix to a down-to-the-wire 2-0 victory over the Adairsville Lady Tigers with both her pitching proficiency and hitting abilities on Thursday.
In the circle, Davis was nearly flawless while keeping the Adairsville hitters guessing through seven innings of work. Keeping runners off the bases until the sixth and not allowing a hit until the seventh, she picked up the win by striking out nine batters, including punching out six of the first nine opponents she faced.
“This is just who Kristen is,” Sonoraville head coach Chad Hayes said. “She just comes out here, does her job and never gets rattled. Anytime she gets in trouble, she just bears down and stays in control of the game, and we know we can always rely on her for these types of performances.”
Aside from a Shayna Dutton single in the fifth, base hits and baserunners were few and far between for both offenses in the initial frames.
However, the Lady Phoenix (12-2, 9-1 in 6-AAA) managed to spark a late rally in the bottom of the sixth when Karley Thomas used her speed to leg out a single. Sandra Beth Pritchett responded by depositing a looping single into left field to place runners at the corner.
Davis then stepped up and delivered perhaps the moment of the game by slicing a single into center field and bringing the two runners home to put the Lady Phoenix in the driver’s seat.
“I was a little worried about our offense today because we had so much time off from seeing live pitching due to the holiday weekend,” Hayes said. “Fortunately, our lineup started to click again towards the end there and we were able to push a couple runs across, which is all Kristen needs when she is pitching like that.”
The Lady Tigers (3-17, 1-9 in 6-AAA) attempted to mount its own rally in the seventh by putting baserunners on via a single and an error, but Davis settled back in and forced an easy fly out to lock in the victory. The result allowed Sonoraville to maintain its impressive run atop the Region 6-AAA standings. They hold a one-game advantage in the loss column over Coahulla Creek and a two-game advantage in the loss column over Calhoun and Haralson County.
Hayes noted that he’s pleased with the progress his team has made over the course of the season to this point.
“Every game in this region is a battle, and we know coming in that wins are going to have to be earned,” Hayes said. “But I’m proud of the strides we have taken in each phase of the game. Of course, there are times you would like more run support or better defense, but we have found a way to consistently pick up wins and at the end of the day that is all that matters.”
Sonoraville will host Haralson County on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Coahulla Creek on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in two big Region 6-AAA matchups