BY DENNIS CLAYTON
INGOMAR – Ingomar got a bit of redemption in their 11-4 win over East Union on Thursday. East Union had handed the Lady Falcons a solid loss in the county tournament only a week earlier.
“We showed up and we played well tonight,” Ingomar coach Andy Wilbanks said. “East Union embarrassed us at the county tournament and we talked about coming in and playing better, making the game competitive.”
“I give credit to the girls,” Wilbanks said, “They did a good job tonight. I think they took that loss at the county tournament personally. We hit the ball and played really good defense and kinda caught them on a bad night, because they’re a really good team.”
Just as East Union had done at the county tournament, Ingomar sprinted out to an early lead. Ingomar batted around in the first and scored four runs to lead 4-0.
The Lady Falcons had six hits and also took advantage of some misplayed balls in the outfield to manufacture their runs. Lauren Thompson had a key double, driving in the first two runs of the game.
Ingomar picked up two more runs in the second inning and looked to have a third run, but that run was erased as the runner was ruled to have left early and the inning ended.
Ingomar had staked winning pitcher Carson Grisham to a 9-0 lead at the end of the third inning as the Lady Falcons scored three more runs with Grisham hitting the fielder’s choice RBI and Gara Beth Self smashed a two RBI double.
East Union scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Callie Frazier and Claudia Hill drove in runs in the fifth inning. Kallie Roberts and Rebecca Sheffield hit back to back doubles to drive in runs in the sixth.
Ingomar added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
“They (Ingomar) hit some balls hard,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “I was proud of the fighting back from adversity at the end, we could have laid down. If you have 10 errors, you don’t deserve to win a ballgame.”