GATE CITY — The key to any puzzle is putting all the pieces together. Gate City’s softball team had all the pieces come together Tuesday in a 6-0 win over Sullivan North.
One piece of that puzzle was the defensive play that backed up Lady Blue Devils pitcher Caitlin McConnell. Gate City (6-2) completed double plays in the third, fourth and fifth innings that halted North’s scoring opportunities.
“Those were huge plays for us, and as a defensive player you have to make those,” said Gate City coach Cary Noe. “I was really pleased that we were heads-up on getting the runners on base after the catch.”
Gate City opened up its scoring in the third inning on McConnell’s sacrifice RBI that plated Kitty Raymond. That was followed by RBI singles from Jordan Lovelace and Brooke Spivey for a 3-0 lead.
North’s puzzle pieces didn’t fit as well. The Lady Raiders (2-8) managed six hits to go with six walks but had only one runner reach third base. Another odd-fitting piece? Errors — the Lady Raiders committed five on the day.
“We just left them hanging. We’ve been up and down this season. Our issues are if we focus on defense then our offense drops. We just can’t seem to put it all together,” said North coach Rachel Norris.
The Blue Devils’ Kendra Daugherty led off the fifth inning with a double and scored on a wild pitch. She followed that up with a sixth-inning triple that plated the last two runs.
Daugherty’s triple came on the heels of a double by Kitty Raymond and a single by McConnell.
The Lady Raiders got two hits each from Jessica Colley, Maccie Greenway and Jessica Fleenor. Morgan Black reached base safely on three walks.
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