By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
The Lady Patriots battled through some adversity last Tuesday to pick up its first fast-pitch softball win of the season.
Winston Academy held a 6-1 lead after five innings of play thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Emily Morgan only to see visiting Starkville Academy score six times in the top of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. WA battled back to score twice win the bottom of the inning to take the 8-7 win, improving to 1-4 overall on the year and 1-1 in league play.
Starkville had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the seventh, but Morgan coaxed one batter to foul out and then after falling behind 3-0 in the count came back to record the strike out to get the final out and seal the win for the Lady Pats.
“It was good to get that first win, but the fashion we got it in made it even that much more special,” said WA head coach Justin Childs. “It was a huge thing for the girls especially the way we fell behind in the sixth inning. They did a good job of battling back and not losing heart. It would have been easy for them to get down in their spirits but they kept fighting back.”
Skyler Eaves was strong on the mound for the Lady Pats in the early going, before Starkville had it’s rally in the sixth. Morgan then came on to pick up the win in relief. Eight of Winston’s nine batters picked up at least one hit in the game.
Winston was set to visit Oak HIll on Monday and Heritage on Tuesday before hosting Kemper Academy on Thursday.