Kelsey Patterson took good care of her team Tuesday night in game one.
Patterson smashed a 3-run homer in the first inning, and finished with five RBIS as Bay Springs took down Clarkdale 12-7 in the class 2A first round slow pitch softball playoffs.
“When Patterson is selective its usually a homerun.” said Bay Springs coach Makisha Keyes. “She is valuable to our team.”
Clarkdale tied the game at 4-4 when Makayla Roberts delivered a 2-run single, and Regan Chatham smashed a run scoring single in the third inning. Bay Springs then took a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the third when Shalinda Holliday tripled and Patterson singled in Holliday with a bloop single. Samej Lee followed with a 2-run single as the Bulldogs scored three runs with no outs.
In the fifth inning Holliday had a 2-run double then Patterson, and Eric Walker had rbi singles to take a 11-4 lead after four innings.
Clarkdale added three runs in the seventh inning, but the Bulldogs hung on for a 12-7 victory.
“We were confident, and we told the girls that whoever had fewer errors would win the game. ” said Keyes. ” We knew we needed to get a jump on them, and we did that.”
Lady Bulldogs 13, Clarkdale 2
Erica Walker doubled in a run, and then scored on a Clarkdale error as the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Holliday and Patterson had rbis to hand the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
Merideth Hunt and Makayla Roberts had rbi singles for Clarkdale to cut the lead to 4-2.
Bay Springs then scored nine runs in the seventh inning led by a 3-run triple off the bat of Missy Jones who came off the bench to lead the seventh inning rally.
“I told the girls that Clarkdale had the last bat so we wanted to make them chase us and we just excecuted. ” said Keyes. ” I can remember when Clarkdale used to beat us all the time so this is like a 360 for me in my coaching career.”
Bay Springs is now 18-1 and will face the Puckett-East Webster winner on Saturday in the second round.