Bearettes win in last at-bat vs. G-P
The Sevier County Bearettes used a game-winning RBI double from Jodie Watson in the bottom of the 7th inning to finish a 13-12 battle with county-rival Gatlinburg-Pittman Friday evening.
The two teams scored runs early and often during the contest’s first five innings and found themselves in a 12-12 tie heading into the sixth frame.
For the first time in the game, both teams were held scoreless for an inning, leaving the tie intact going into the make-or-break seventh.
After Brooke Whaley held the Lady Highlanders scoreless with a pair of strikeouts in the top of the inning, the Bearettes bats came to life in the bottom.
Emily Lavoie led things off with a single and advanced moments later with a single from Whaley.
Jodie Watkins then strode to the plate with the winning run in scoring position in the person of Lavoie.
Watkins promptly laced the game-winning hit into the outfield. Though Watkins could have had a triple on the hit, the game officially ended with her at second and Whaley at third as Lavoie crossed the plate.
“(It’s) good to get a win,” Sevier County coach Dixon Brown said Monday. “And especially being able to come from behind and (overcome) eight errors. We were also without our starting third baseman Jana Watkins, who suffered a mild concussion Thursday at South-Doyle.”
Lavoie fininshed the game a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate and scored a team-high five runs. Watkins was 4-for-5 and had a team-high six runs batted in.
Whaley and Katie Porter each had three hits, while Chasity Merritt, Shelby Duke, Amber Wallin and Lakota Bull also had hits for the Bearettes.
Kelsey Henry was the leading hitter for G-P. She tallied three hits, while Lexi Larsen led the team with three RBIs.
Emily Hudson, Shyanna Arnwine, and Bethanie Trees also had two-hit games for the Lady Highlanders, while Jordan Cantrell, Monica Dennis and Lauren King also added hits for the Blue and Gold.