The Sneads Pirates hit the road for their pre-season tournament and walked away with no jet lag from the bus ride as they picked up a 9-3 win over Wakulla. The Lady War Eagles were held to just three runs on six hits, no walks and two batters sat down on strikeouts by Marissa Baxter. Baxter went the distance in picking up the win, throwing just 70 pitches with 52 of those strikes.
In the first inning, an error allowed the first Wakulla batter to reach but Michaela Edenfield nailed her trying to take home so no harm no foul for the baserunner. Sneads answered with a two-out solo shot by Michaela Edenfield over the right-centerfield fence. A strikeout ended the inning but Sneads held a 1-0 lead.
It was a three-up, three-down inning in the second for both teams. Baxter retired the side in order in the top of the third but Sneads answered with three runs to make it a 4-0 game. Lacee Glover reached on an error and stole second. Hannah Stephens drew a walk and both runners advanced when Abby Perkins reached on an error to load the bases. Marissa Baxter helped herself out with a two RBI single before moving to second when Michaela Edenfield was given a free pass by virtue of a walk. With one out, Taylor Lamphere had a sac fly to right field that scored Perkins before a flyout to first ended the inning.
A two-out single was all the offense Sneads allowed the Lady War Eagles in the fourth inning while they were retired in order in the bottom of the frame. A single and a fielder’s choice accounted for no runs for Wakulla in the top of the fifth. Sneads answered with five runs to make it a 9-0 ballgame. Abby Perkins got things started with a walk and moved to second when Marissa Baxter picked up her second single of the night. Wakulla pitching steered clear of Edenfield, issuing her another walk to load the bases. The plan backfired when Kiara Garrett took one for the team and picked up an RBI. Taylor Lamphere picked up a cheap RBI on a walk. A wild pitch while Taylor Reese Howell was at the plate scored Garrett. Howell drew a walk, followed by a walk to Georgia Scott. A fielder’s choice and a strikeout ended the inning.
Wakulla plated three runs in the top of the fifth but it was way too little too late for a comeback win.