Unbeaten Lady Indians roll on

Published 1:28 pm Saturday, April 7, 2012

COURTLAND—Sophomore Madison Cabell went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and scored another run as undefeated Southampton High rallied from behind for a 3-2 Southside District softball win over visiting Park View on Tuesday.

“This game was good for us,” said SHS head coach Susan Melbye, whose team improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the district. “We had to battle. We had to fight to get the win that we wanted.”

Park View was the first on the board, taking advantage of an outfield error to plate an unearned run in the top of the first.

“After today, we’ll be taking some fly balls in practice, that’s for sure,” Melbye said. “The wind was blowing a bit, but that shouldn’t affect us that much, especially on our home field. But to the girls’ credit, they got up, brushed the dirt off and got after it.” Pitcher Ashlee Buehner rebounded and struck out the next batter to end the threat, leaving a Dragon on second base.

Park View was able to use a walk and three straight base hits to plate another run in the third. The inning could have been worse, if not for a nice play by Cabell and catcher Emily Nelson, cutting down a run at the plate to end the threat and start their own rally.

SHS was able to put a run on the board in the home half of the fourth when Nelson led off with a standup triple to deep center. Cabell then stepped in and ripped a single to right, cutting the Dragon lead in half. Park View escaped the inning when a liner off the bat of Marisa Cabell found the glove of the Park View right fielder, ending the threat and the inning.

Both teams went down in order in the fifth, and Buehner made quick work of the Dragons in the sixth to set up the comeback.

It was the Nelson-Cabell connection again, as Nelson led off with a single to right and scored on the next pitch when Madison Cabell knocked her in on a double to the right-centerfield fence.

Courtney Green followed with a double of her own, but Melbye took no chances with the go-ahead run coming to third and no outs, holding Madison at third.

That hit came off the bat of senior Marisa Cabell. She fit a single in behind second base, plating her sister and putting the Indians up 3-2. TaLisha Jenkins was forced out at second, holding to see if the ball would fall, and a sharp ground ball off the bat of DeMonè Brickhouse and a bang-bang play at first put an end to the Indian threat.

“ ‘D’ hustled down that line and I thought she got there, but oh well; sometimes those things don’t go your way, but you play through them.”

Buehner had two of the three putouts herself in the top of the seventh, and fittingly, a popup to Madison Cabell ended the game and put the Indians at the top of the district standings.