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West Union’s undefeated division record was on the line Tuesday and looked to be in jeopardy at Myrtle. Despite a strong 5-0 start, the Lady Eagles rallied in the final innings of their 9-7 win.
Bailey Bogue and Gina Beth Conlee each had hits in their first two at bats, leading West Union to the 4-0 start after three complete innings. Bogue brought in the game’s first run with her single and Conlee hit an RBI double in the third to make it 4-0.
The Lady Hawks battled back, scoring all of their runs in the fifth. Myrtle opened with lead off walk of Kiana Judon, who scored on a triple by Meshay Cox. Alie Bishop brought Cox home on her single, and Danielle Taylor walked three straight to load the bases and score a run, making it 5-3.
“She’s probably not walked four all year, so I had to talk to her and calm her down,” West Union Head Coach Lisa Bogue said of her senior pitcher.
Jenna Jordan brought in a run with her sacrifice play and an error in the outfield brought in two runs, giving Myrtle the lead. Judon rounded out the scoring, driving in the Lady Hawks’ seventh run.
We tell them all the time to not let the other team have a big inning, and they definitely had a big inning,” Bogue said. “There were plenty of close calls that went either way, but they pulled it together and didn’t lose their heads.”
The Lady Eagles would tie the game in the next inning, highlighted by a triple from Leah Paige Goolsby. The senior struggled at the plate until that point, only reaching base on a walk in the fourth.
“She broke the ice and got a good hit in the middle of the ball game, scoring a run. She just did what a senior is supposed to do,” Bogue said. “We got the big hits when we needed them, so I’m proud of them for not dropping their heads and getting back in it.”
Tied at seven in the final inning, Gracen Conlee and Jesslyn Brewer brought in the two runs that would give the Lady Eagles the win.
Conlee led West Union with three hits and Bogue added two single, while Cox and Kaylee Farr led the Lady Hawks with two hits each.
West Union improves to 11-7 (5-0) and has three more division matches in the next week, including two against Potts Camp, who are also currently undefeated in division play. The first of the two meetings will take place on Thursday at West Union.