GATE CITY — Gate City's softball team didn't exactly knock the cover off the ball Tuesday, but the Lady Blue Devils still managed to find a way to win.
As Gate City coach Cara Noe looks ahead to the postseason, the 5-3 victory over Lee High was an encouraging sign.
"I would say that today probably wasn't our best offensive performance," Noe said. "But I think in order to be a team that's going to make a run, you've got to fight through those days. And I think we were able to do that."
Trailing Lee High 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Gate City's bats finally came to life. Kendra Dougherty and Kasey Repass each singled and Caitlyn McConnell drew a walk to load the bases with one out.
That set the table for Kayli Compton, who rapped an RBI single to tie the game, and Brooke Spivey, who connected on a two- out, two-run single that proved to be the eventual game-winning hit.
It was a great moment for Spivey, who came through with the biggest hit of the game on her Senior Night.
McConnell (7-2) retired the Lady Generals in order in the top of the seventh to put the finishing touches on a complete-game victory inside the circle.
"Caitlyn pitched a great game," Noe said. "She was able to hit her spots and put pressure on them in the box. That's all we can ask of her."
After plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, Gate City (12-5, 8-1 Conference 40) clung to a 2-1 advantage until Lee High (9-7, 2-5) put together a rally in the top of the sixth inning.
With the top of the Lady Generals' order coming up in the sixth, Noe was a bit nervous.
"The top of their order is a little scary at times when they get up with runners on base," Noe said. "But Caitlyn worked through that. She's really matured as a pitcher."
McConnell worked out of a jam, but not before the Lady Generals scored a pair of runs to grab the 3-2 lead.
To the Lady Blue Devils' credit, they came right back took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame.
For Lee High coach Krista Kimberlin, Gate City's comeback was an all-too-familiar sight.
"We just can't stay ahead for long. I don't know if they get relaxed on me or what," Kimberlin said. "But I'm glad that we battled back because we were down the whole game.
"We didn't give up, but we couldn't hold it."
Weather permitting, both teams are back in action Thursday. Gate City plays at Union and Lee hosts Thomas Walker.comments powered by Disqus