With his team facing a four-run deficit in only the second inning, Stringer head softball coach Jody Rowell had a simple message for his players Thursday night.
“Throw it in the garbage and keep on going.”
The Lady Red Devils did just that, scoring 11 unanswered runs from the third inning to the sixth in pulling away for an eventual, 16-6 win.
“I’m very proud. That’s the first time we’ve been behind and actually came back,” Rowell said. “Normally it kind of snowballs on us, but the girls dug in. From the second inning on, they played a pretty good game.”
Sacred Heart jumped on top first in the second inning. A pair of two-run base hits from Abigail Wiest and Mary Lee put the Lady ‘Saders up 4-0 early.
Then, Stringer starting pitcher Allison Rowell settled down and started to find her groove on the mound. Aided greatly by that aforementioned 11-run outburst, Rowell went six innings and struck out seven Sacred Heart batters.
“She [Rowell] is normally pretty good at throwing strikes, and that’s what we got tonight,” Jody Rowell, her father, said.
The comeback for Stringer started in the third inning, as they scored their first run off a Rowell sacrifice-fly. In the fifth, the Lady Red Devils tied it, 4-4, off base hits from Janiya Agee and Jamie Parker. Then in the sixth, they took the lead and scored a whopping seven runs in the frame.
Sacred Heart pulled to within five runs in their half of the inning off another two-run hit from Mary Lee, only to watch Stringer add five more runs in the seventh and pull away for the double digit win.
Allison Rowell led the way offensively for the Lady Red Devils with 3 RBIs, while Agee, Katelyn Green, Abby Sawyer and Alexis Hendry each collected two apiece.
Stringer improved to 9-5 with the win.