PROSPERITY — Thursday night in opening round playoff action the Mid-Carolina High School Lady Rebels trailed 6-2 heading into the late innings but there was no quit in MCHS Head Coach Jarod Jones’ team.
Mid-Carolina led 2-0 in the first Jayden Peel singled and was driven in on a Tori Caldwell triple. Alix Green drove in Caldwell with a sacrifice fly. Then the MCHS bats quieted and the Cardinals soared to a 6-2 lead.
But in the sixth inning, MCHS worked some magic at the plate.
Green and Jena Dewalt reached and then Kendell Cantrell hammered one of the biggest hits of the night to drive them in.
In the top of the seventh MCHS trailed 6-4.
Relief pitcher Ashlyn Courtney retired the Cardinals to give MCHS one last chance.
With runners in scoring position thanks to clutch hitting, the Rebels moved into extra innings as Gracen Hester battled at the plate and drove in the game tying run.
There was free softball at MCHS. Once again Courtney shut down the Cardinals.
In the bottom of the eighth, Cassi Ruff singled to score Jena Dewalt.
Courtney recorded the win by tossing 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief. She allowed two hits.
Caldwell led the Rebels in hitting as she tripled in the first inning and singled in the third and fifth innings.
Sydney Davis couldn’t get it done on the rubber for Landrum, taking a loss. She allowed seven runs in seven innings, walked four and struck out two.