Roughly two weeks after darkness forced a suspension in the game, Armuchee’s softball team made two big defensive plays and played solid at the plate to top Dade County 2-1 in 10 innings.
Armuchee’s Allison Acker started the bottom of the 10th inning on second base.
Lindsay Hamby, a freshman hitting in place of Katie Copeland, laid down a near-perfect sacrifice bunt on the first pitch from Dade’s Madison Gossett, moving Acker to third base.
Kelsey Powell came up to bat and worked the count to 3-1. On Gossett’s fifth pitch to Powell, the umpires called her for an illegal pitch. The call allowed Acker to score from third base, giving the Indians the 2-1 win.
After the game, an emotional Coach Shane Arp talked about the win.
“On Friday, our starting second baseman, Katie Copeland, lost her father,” Arp said. “That was Katie’s spot that was up (to bat) first, and we had to stick a freshman in there. Lindsay stepped in there against a great pitcher, got the bunt down and executed just like we wanted.”
Dade County seemed to be in perfect position in the top of the 10th inning. Hailey Gass was on second, and on the first pitch from Armuchee’s Hannah Murray, Faith Gregg laid down a great sacrifice bunt, moving Gass to third.
Murray got the next two Dade hitters to pop up to shortstop, and Acker handled each catch without a problem to get the Indians out of the inning.
“I’m proud of the way our girls responded,” Arp said. “Today Sherri Nix lost her battle with cancer as well. When you’re in a small community like we are and you have these tragedies, it really weighs heavy on you. But these girls came out and were ready to play.”
Armuchee (16-11, 9-4) will play at home today at 5:30 p.m. against Pepperell. The Indians plan to honor their senior players before the game.
Jim Alred is New Media Director for News Publishing Company.