SPENCER – Down 8-1 after four innings, Coach Cindy Carmichael’s Devilettes staged a comeback for the ages, rallying for six runs in the top of the sixth and five runs in the top of the seventh to stun Braxton County, 13-9, and claim the 2017 LKC Softball crown Friday night.
There were heroines galore in red and black.
Down 5-0 after one inning after a couple of infield errors kept Braxton County at-bat for Amber Frame’s three-run homer that chased starting pitcher Kendall Bowen, Ravenswood got on the scoreboard when freshman relief pitcher Rylin Tabor doubled to the base of the left field fence on a drive that was almost out for a homer. Tabor scored on Jala Sayre’s RBI single to make it 5-1.
The Eagles answered back and led 8-2 after five innings, when the Devilettes came alive pressuring Braxton into miscues and plating a pair of runs to made it 8-4. Senior catcher Bayli Manns then turned the game upside down with one bat swing by launching a bases-loaded pitch over the left center field fence for a grand slam homer to knot the game at 8-8.
Braxton answered in the bottom of the sixth by plating a run to go back ahead 9-8, but the key play of the half-inning was a gamble that went awry. The Eagles tried to score a runner from second on a line single to center, but senior centerfielder Claudia Cubides sent a laser throw to Manns who tagged out the runner ahead of the plate. Ravenswood closed out the Eagles with the single run to set the stage for their seventh inning drama.
In that final at-bat, the Devilettes tallied five more runs as the Eagles’ defense unraveled. Ashley Johnson got things started when she scored on another RBI single by Jala Sayre, knocking the ball out of the catcher’s glove on her slide at the plate. Caught in a rundown between third base and home, Kendall Bowen blew past the catcher to score when she came out too far in the chase. Claudia Cubides bolted to third and the throw down sailed into left field allowing Cubides to race home.
Tough-as-nails Tabor, who had been felled by a sharp comebacker to the gut in relief pitching duty in the sixth inning, reentered and delivered a line RBI single to score another run for Ravenswood.
Tabor then returned to the mound to lock down the save, appropriately snagging another sharp comebacker to throw to Macey Manns at first base for the final out with two Eagle runners aboard.
Shortstop Skylar Mace also made a couple of huge plays, turning a not-easy double play to end a Eagle threat and laying out for an over the shoulder catch on a bloop to center field in another crucial situation.
Ecstatic Coach Cindy Carmichael said the wild win ranks with the best she’s been associated with as player or coach.
Bowen got the pitching win, although she pitched a total of just one inning with no strikeouts, one walk, four hits and five unearned runs allowed. Tabor got the save, tossing six total innings with one strikeout, three walks, nine hits and four runs (two earned).
At the plate, Bayli Manns went 4-for-5 with a grand slam homer, double, six RBIs and two runs scored. Jala Sayre was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Rylin Tabor was 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Claudia Cubides was 1-for-2 with three runs scored; Kendall Bowen, 1-for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored; Skylar Mace, 1-for-5; Ashley Johnson, 1-for-5 with two runs scored; and Sidney Smith scored a run.
Beth Ramsey was tagged with the pitching loss for the Eagles, going 0.1 inning with two walks and two rusn allowed. Kassidy Heavner was the starter and went six innings, fanning two, walking three and allowing 12 hits and 10 runs (five earned). Peyton Smith threw 0.2 inning, fanning none, walking one and allowing no hits and two runs.
At the plate, Alex Carr went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, four RBIs and a run scored. Amber Frame was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored; and Emily Miller, 3-for-4 with an RBI. Beth Ramsey was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
RAVENSWOOD 13—GILMER COUNTY 5
Freshman Rylin Tabor tossed six innings of three-hit softball with two strikeouts and three walks, as LKC West #1 seed Ravenswood advanced to the 2017 LKC Softball championship game with a 13-5 demolition of LKC East #2 seed Gilmer County Wednesday at Spencer.
Tabor helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored.
Skylar Mace went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored; Kendall, 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored; Macey Manns, 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored; and Claudia Cubides, 1-for-4 with a triple, and RBI. Sidney Smith was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and a runs scored; Ashley Johnson and Jala Sayre, 1-for-3 each with an RBI and runs scored; and Bayli Manns, 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Ravenswood roughed up the Titans for 13 hits in the game.
Ravenswood led 5-0 after four innings, before Gilmer broke out with four runs in the top of the fifth to trim the deficit to 5-4. The Devilettes answered by exploding for six runs in the bottom half of the fifth and added a pair in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the mercy rule.
Carly Somerville took the pitching loss for the Titans, going four innings with two strikeouts, two walks, five hits and five runs allowed. Madisyn Furr tossed 1.1 innings, fanning none, walking none and allowing eight hits and eight runs.
Haley Wanstreet (two RBIs), Hannah Grove and Furr (RBI) had one single each for Gilmer County.
DEVILETTES TOP SECTIONAL SEED
The Devilettes 16-7) are the top seed in the upcoming Class A Region 4 Section 1 Softball Tournament.
Wirt County (17-11, #2), Wahama (21-8, #3), Williamstown (13-12, #4), Calhoun (7-14, #5) and Parkersburg Catholic (#6) round out the sectional field..
The Devilettes opening game in double-elimination tourney is Wednesday, May 3, at 5 p.m at Eastwood vs. the winner of #4 Williamstown-#5 Calhoun (game on May 2 at Williamstown).
#2 Wirt plays May 3 at home vs winner of #3 Wahama-#6 PC.
As the #1 seed, the Devilettes have home field advantage as long as they win for the entire tournament.
The winners’ bracket championship game is set for Thursday, May 4, at highest remaining seed.
Tournament championship games are: Game #1 May 8; Game #2 if necessary May 9.