After leading 3-0 at one point, the Lady Eagles rallied from a 6-3 fourth-inning deficit to post a 7-6 win over Chattahoochee in the championship game of the Marietta Fast-Pitch Invitational on Saturday.
Emily Cargle’s two-out single through the right side scored Kierra Dudley with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.
Chattahoochee managed to put runners on second and third in the bottom of the frame, but Brittney Rhodes threw a strikeout and induced back-to-back groundouts to give the Lady Eagles (6-1) their second straight title in the Marietta tournament.
“I just thought I had to hit it,” said Cargle, who also scored a run earlier in the game. “I wanted an inside pitch and I got it. It feels great to have a game-winner. It was my first one and it came at a good time in a big game.”
Aliyah Lebouf was
3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk, while Tyonna Williams batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base. Becky Collins had a double, as did Terylin Harris, who was 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run.
Dezirae Rhodes batted 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base, Mariah Byk walked and scored, pinch-runner Stephanie Cantrell scored and Bree Hubbert walked and stole a base.
“Everybody is contributing and putting the ball in play,” South Cobb coach Mark Collins said. “Nobody is just carrying us, and that’s how we’re winning, and that’s why we have chances to be in games like this.”
Williams’ two-out single in the second inning plated Byk for the Lady Eagles’ first run. Lebouf’s double in the fourth scored Rhodes, and Williams’ two-out single through the right side allowed Lebouf to cross home for the 3-0 lead.
Brittney Rhodes (6-0) ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. Chattahoochee sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning and totaled six runs on six singles, a walk and an error to push ahead 6-3.
But South Cobb responded with two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth before Cargle’s game-winner in the seventh.
Collins and Harris led off the fifth with back-to-back doubles — scoring Cantrell, who pinch-ran for Collins — and Rhodes’ RBI single plated Harris to trim the deficit to 6-5.
The Lady Eagles left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, but still tied the contest in the sixth as Lebouf’s two-out RBI single plated Cargle and knotted the game at 6-all.
Brittney Rhodes, who allowed six runs — five earned — off 11 hits and two walks, also ran into some trouble in the third.
Kate Tyre opened the frame for Chattahoochee with a double before an Anna Colwell single and a walk to Kylie Meyer loaded the bases. Rhodes, however, got out of inning with a flyout to center, a groundout to short and a pop out behind the plate, leaving South Cobb with a 1-0 lead.
“Brittney was unfazed,” Mark Collins said. “We always have a chance when she’s pitching.”
Meyer went 1-for-2 with two RBIs to pace Chattahoochee. Colwell was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Tyre batted 2-for-4 with an RBI.
“We always like coming to this tournament,” Collins said. “It’s well-run, and Marietta does a great job. It’s our favorite tournament of the year and there are some good, quality teams.”