MARION, AL—The Marion Military Institute Lady Tigers bounced back from a disappointing extra inning loss in the opener to grab a 5-3 victory over Snead State Community College in the nightcap of a conference doubleheader here Friday.
After rallying late in the first game to force extra frames, the Lady Tigers watched Snead pour across 10 runs in the ninth inning en route to a 13-5 win.
"We missed a golden opportunity to sweep a doubleheader," head coach Kristi Basso said. "However, we continue to show some fight. We rallied in the first game and even after watching that game slip away, we took charge to win the second game."
MMI unleashed a 13-hit attack in the nightcap led by Ashley Strength's 4-for-4 performance. Ashley Soos, Rachel Gauspohl and Jessica Lingelback each had two hits to aid the pitching performance of Kalynn Allen who walked none, fanned none and scattered six hits.
The Lady Tigers broke in front early as Strength singled and Allen followed with a double with Strength scoring on the end of the play. MMI added two more in the fourth as Gauspohl singled and scored on Lingelback's single. Soos walloped a triple for a 3-0 lead.
After Snead knotted the score, MMI broke in front to stay as Strength, Taylor Anderson and Gauspohl singled with Strength scoring on Gauspohl's hit. The Lady Tigers added their final run as Lingelback, Soos and Strength all singled with Lingelback scoring on the back end of the last hit.
After a dramatic seventh inning rally, the Lady Tigers watched the opening game slip away in the ninth. Snead struck for three runs in the second and the Lady Tigers mustered only two hits through six innings. However, in the seventh MMI rallied as Lingelback singled and Soos walked before Taylor Anderson tripled, scoring two runs. Strength drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly, but after Taylor Miner's single, the Lady Tigers left the winning run stranded at second. Snead then used three walks and nine hits, six of them doubles, to explode for 10 runs in the ninth.
MMI fought back but it wasn't enough as Strength reached on a missed third strike, Miner and Gauspohl walked before Annalise Borg doubled in two runs.
Lingelback had two hits to lead the MMI offense in the first game.