Dublin scored one run in each of its first five at bats to erase an early 4-0 deficit and edge District 8-2A rival Bangs in league softball action Tuesday night.
Kristin Rayborn reached base on a double, advanced to third on a Kim Ramos single and then scored on a dropped third strike to put Dublin ahead 5-4 at the end of a prolonged comeback that spanned all of the first five innings.
Bangs scored four times in the top of the first, thanks to three singles, an error and a fielder’s choice.
Dublin hurler Amber Lewis settled down after that, shutting the Lady Dragons out and surrendering only two hits over the final six innings.
“Amber did a good job pitching,” said Dublin head coach Billy Young, “but she also robbed Bangs of several hits because she is such a good defensive player. There were at least four hard shots up the middle that she snagged and kept from turning into base hits. Three of those four times Bangs had runners in scoring position. Her fielding was probably the difference in the game.”
The comeback began in the bottom of the first when Cayla Beck reached on a single, stole second and eventually scored on a passed ball.
Rayborn led off the third with a single and after advancing to third was brought home on a ground out off the bat of Kendra Cannon.
Lewis and the Dublin defense got out of a bases loaded jam without allowing a single run in the third, and then continued the rally when Shelby Thiebaud got in scoring position with a two-out double. She moved to third on consecutive walks before scoring on a passed ball.
The Lady Lions finally tied the score in the bottom of the fourth when Cannon reached on an error and Lewis doubled her home.
After taking the lead in the fifth and setting Bangs down in order in both the fifth and sixth, Dublin had to withstand a last ditch Lady Dragon push in the top of the seventh.
Bangs led off its final at bat with a single, but the next hitter popped out to Dublin short stop Shelby Thiebaud, who turned and fired to pick off the baserunner who was trapped because of a hit-and-run gone bad. The double play was followed by a ground out, also to Thiebaud, that sealed the Lady Lion win.
“Bangs is a good team,” said Young. “We are fortunate we were able to escape with a win.”
Dublin visits Brady Friday