Lady Cougars blast Central
By By Chandler Myers
Tuesday’s road victory in Robertsdale put the Escambia Academy Lady Cougars back on track as as they prepare to make a push and finish strong in the regular season.
The Lady Cougars used their strong bats to push past the Central Christian Lady Saints 9-5 at home in Robertsdale.
Escambia Academy was led on the mound by Tori Rodriguez who pitched a complete game of seven innings to earn the win.
Rodriguez gave up five runs, while striking out five batters and walking one.
The Lady Cougars started the game with a bang as they jumped on top of the Lady Saints scoring two runs in the top of the first inning.
In the bottom of the first, Central Christian attempted to open up their offense as they cut the Lady Cougars’ lead to one.
Escambia Academy pushed their lead to two in the top of the second inning as another Lady Cougar was able to make it around the basepath putting EA on top 3-1.
After holding the Lady Saints scoreless in the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Cougars blasted the Lady Saints’ pitching and defense as they scored five more runs to extend their lead to seven.
The Lady Saints added one run in the bottom of the third inning, but could not cut into the Lady Cougars’ lead.
Central Christian made a push in the bottom of the fourth as their defense held the Lady Cougars scoreless, and their offense was able to put three runs on the scoreboard to pull them within three runs.
The Lady Cougars would have the final laugh though as they added their ninth and final run in the top of the fifth and held off comeback attempts by the Lady Saints to win 9-5.
Leading the Lady Cougars offensively were Rodriguez and Niki Bryan.
Rodriguez hit 2-for-4 in the win with two RBI, while Bryan went a solid 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Lady Cougar Sydney McGhee also put up strong numbers hitting 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and a triple.
Amber Huskey also went 3-for-4 in the win with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.
Lacie Flowers led the Lady Cougars in stolen bases as she racked up three in the contest, while batting 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Chelsey Ramer was 1-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a stolen base.
Grayson Emmons went 1-for-4 for the Lady Cougars.