LMS Tigerettes win season finale for Sara

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Whitney Stofel making her only appearance in 2007 after a season long injury.

The LMS Tigerettes traveled to Chapel Hill on Friday to take on the FMS Lady Rockets in the season finale for both teams and the game took on new meaning when Tigerette center-fielder Sara Talley was injured in an unfortunate incident in the third inning.

Talley's injury sparked the Tigerettes to an exciting 12-8 comeback victory and proved that sports can sometimes be a vehicle of extraordinary motivational circumstance.

Whitney Stofel makes first appearance of season for FMS

Even before the injury to Talley, the game took on an inspirational meaning for FMS as Whitney Stofel took the mound for the first time this season after being injured in the season opener. Stofel did not play the entire season because of a growth plate injury she suffered to her left ankle in the first game of the season. Stofel ended up pitching the entire contest for the Lady Rockets and showed the true heart of a warrior as she battled the entire afternoon.

Kaci Ezell led off the contest for LMS with a single to center, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Danielle Toseland, and scored on an RBI triple by Kayla Harmon. Stofel reached back and got out of further trouble by whiffing the last two LMS hitters in the inning.

FMS came to bat and Cortney Hollandsworth led off with a single to right. Ciara Cook followed with another single and then Andrea Jordan knocked in Hollandsworth with a single to right-field to tie the game at one apiece. A fielder's choice by Caitlyn Rotchford scored Cook and Jordan scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Rockets a 3-1 lead.

LMS loaded the bases in the top of the second inning, but Stofel again reached back and struck the last LMS hitter to get out of the jam. FMS did not score in their half of the inning and the score remained 3-1, FMS.

Harmon led off the top of the third for LMS with a base on balls, went to third on a single by Mary Medley and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2. LMS tied the game on an RBI single to right field by Brianna Roberts.

Talley taken off field on stretcher

Ciara Cook reached first one a one out walk, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield. On the play, Talley and centerfielder De'Lorean Taylor collided going for the ball and Talley went down in a heap in obvious pain from the collision.

Talley was unconscious when the LMS coaching staff arrived after racing from dugout, but regained consciousness after about thirty seconds. Talley was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Talley's father was in attendance and rode in the ambulance with his daughter, who was in excruciating pain in her right leg.

LMS elects to resume contest for Sara

The LMS coaching staff asked the players if they wanted to resume play considering the circumstances of Talley's injury and there was not one girl on the team that did not want to resume the game and play it out for their injured comrade. The score was 4-3 after the inning ended.

There was no scoring in the fourth inning for either side.

LMS did not score in the top of the fifth and Forrest came to bat in the bottom of the inning where Hollandsworth drew a lead-off walk. Hollandsworth stole second and scored on an RBI single by Adrean Jordan to make it 5-3. Jordan scored FMS's sixth run on an RBI double by Rotchford. Maegen Gower ran for Rotchford and scored on a great slide at home on a wild pitch to make it 7-3 FMS going to the top of the sixth.

Neither squad scored in the sixth inning.

LMS scores nine in 7th inning, entire 8th grade class contributes

The top of the seventh will be etched in the memories of the Lewisburg squad, coaches, and fans for years to come as they made a comeback for the ages. Kathyrn Haislip started the inning off with a single to center, Medley followed with another single, and Brianna Roberts reached on an infield single to load the sacks with no outs.

Caitlin Smith came to bat and singled to center to make it 7-4. Whitney Byrd followed with another RBI single to make it 7-5. An FMS error allowed another run in to make it 7-6. Danielle Toseland drove in the tying run with a sharp single to centerfield and pinch runner, Kaamer'ia Howard scored the go ahead run after being caught in a rundown between third and home.

With runners on first and third, Harmon came to the plate and blasted a two-two pitch deep over the centerfield fence for a three run back breaking homerun that put LMS up 11-7. It was the first homerun over the fence on the year for the Tigerettes. LMS added one more in the inning to lead 12-7 going into the bottom of the seventh.

FMS dug deep and tried to come back, scoring a run, putting runners on second and third with two out, but the game ended on an interference play at third base and LMS had completed the 12-8 comeback victory for their fallen comrade.

"We played the game for Sara and we all wish her well," LMS head coach Lee Perryman said after game. "The game meant a lot to all of us," Perryman added, "It was the last game for all the eighth graders and they all got a hit, all got an RBI, and all scored in the comeback seventh inning, that makes it memorable."

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