Lady Trojans survive scare, remain undefeated after win
New Kent’s Lady Trojans team has been dominant all year, accumulating 61 runs and only giving up 10, with eight of them surrendered in their opening contest. But Tuesday afternoon’s game, the hosts relied on a late inning error by Smithfield’s Lady Packers to escape with a 4-3 win.
New Kent broke into the scoring column first courtesy of Peyton Slater’s double, setting up Haley Cleaver to bring her home. In the fifth inning, Smithfield’s Taylor Fitchett scored on an error, allowing her to knot the game at one apiece.
With the game still tied in the bottom of the sixth, New Kent’s bats came alive. Amya Evans and Gracie Ellis both were driven home thanks to a deep center shot by Lady Trojan teammate Kerstin Snyder. A couple of batters later, an error by Smithfield pitcher Skylar Hedgepeth on a pop fly allowed Snyder to cross home plate to give the hosts a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Smithfield threatened New Kent, scoring two runs and placing a running on third base. However, New Kent pitcher Gracie Ellis regained her composure, striking out Lady Packer Ashlyn Baker, adding to her cumulative total of 46 heading into the contest to seal the win.
After the game, a relieved Lady Trojan head coach Maria Bates discussed her team’s ability to step up in the clutch.
“We were able to come out and play our game today,” she said. “We can’t worry about the other components and we had to play our game and do our job.
“We have to keep our composure and we did that today,” Bates continued. “We have shown that all season in those situations such as the one we were put in today.”
New Kent improves its record to 8-0.