Lady Trojans take lead late in win over Crockett County

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dyersburg’s defense had only one real blemish on Tuesday evening at Alamo and, though it was a costly one, the Lady Trojans overcame the three-run error to tie the game the following inning then score two late to take a 5-3 win over Crockett County.

With the defense helping her hold the Lady Cavaliers to just five hits, Lady Trojan pitcher Katelyn Canada surrendered only two walks, holding the home team to a 5-for-26 day in which all three runs came on a third-inning, bases-loaded three-run error.

“It started with the first batter of the game with Hannah Jackson making a diving catch on a slap-bunt attempt,” Dyersburg head coach Matthew Shearon said of Tuesday’s defensive performance. “Being able to field the routine balls behind her and that big double play in the fifth inning to squash a rally before it could get started was big.”

After a Sarah Putman RBI single in the first inning and a Reagan Hamm run-scoring double in the third gave the Lady Trojans the lead, Crockett was able to load the bases in the bottom of the third then score all three on an error in the outfield to take a 3-2 lead after three innings.

Dyersburg bounced back as freshman Katie Beth Ramm led off the fourth with a triple then scored on an Alex Hurt single to tie the game at 3-3.

“When that inning ended, I called everybody together to try to get composed again,” Shearon said. “We still had four innings worth of outs to win the game.

“We’re trying to take it one inning at a time and, at the plate, one pitch at a time. We came right back and tied it. As a coach, that is all you can ask for. And have the understanding that errors are going to happen but to make sure we don’t mentally go in the tank and let one bad play crumble our lineup.”

The Lady Cavaliers looked poised to retake the lead in the fifth with one out. But, after intenionally walking Crockett County’s Hendrix, the Lady Trojans then got Riley to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat with the game still tied at 3-3.

In the sixth, Kenzie Caldwell singled with two outs then stole a base before scoring on a Shelby Hopper single to put Dyersburg back on top 4-3 after five and a half innings.

Dyersburg added an insurance run in the seventh after Putman singled then her courtesy runner, Ashleigh Harris, scored later in the inning on an error by the Crockett County shortstop to give the Lady Trojans a 5-3 lead heading into the final half inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dyersburg sealed the win as Canada sandwiched a strikeout between a pair of flyouts to get the Lady Cavs in order.

The win improves the Lady Trojans mark in District 13AA action to 2-1, having won two district games following last week’s loss to Westview in eight innings.

“I think it was eye-opening for a new roster of kids this season to understand the target is on our backs and anybody can beat anybody,” Shearon said of the Westview game. “Bouncing back the next day with a huge road win at Milan really got our confidence going.

“Then playing really well at home (Monday) against Munford continued that and kind of built some momentum going over to Crockett County and it definitely carried over.”

The Lady Trojan head coach added he stressed to the players to maximize their outs and being productive with their outs.

Putman led the way at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI while Caldwell was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs. Hopper also had a 2-for-4 day with a double and an RBI.

Dyersburg was set to play Chester County in a makeup game on Thursday at Doug French Field, but that game has been moved to Wednesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. when rains moved into the area.

The Lady Trojans are scheduled to host South Gibson in District 13AA action today at 7 p.m.

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