By KIM NELSON
DUBLIN–In a thriller, the Pulaski County High School jayvee softball team edged a visiting Cave Spring team, 8-7. The win raises the Cougars’ overall record to 5-4 and 2-0 in district action.
Heading into the seventh, the Knights held a 7-5 lead over the Cougars. Pulaski County held Cave Spring scoreless in the top of the seventh to set the stage. In the Cougar’ half of the inning, Jade Murray walked and moved to second on a single by Erica Seagle. A single to right center by Kayla Price plated Brittany Byrd (running for Murray), closing it to 7-6. Sindie Hedge connected on a single to right center to plate Seagle and tie things at 7-7 and leave runners on second and third. A bunt for a single by Caitie Cox loaded the bases. With a full count on Tayler Robertson, Cave Spring hurler Morgan Leftwich walked Robertson to score the winning run for the Cougars.
Murray picked up the victory. She worked the final 2 2/3 innings. She gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out one. Callie Ratcliffe started for the Cougars on the mound. She gave up five runs (all earned) on four hits. She struck out two and walked one across 4 1/3 innings.
The Cougars’ other runs came in the second when Price singled and Hedge doubled her home. Shianne Buckner grounded out to score Hedge to put Pulaski County up 2-0 early. The Knights answered in the third with two runs of their own off of a bunt, passed ball, and triple.
In the fourth, it was Price again with a double. She stole third and scored on a Knight error which allowed Hedge to reach first. Hedge took third on a ground out and crossed home on another Knight error to make it 4-2 Cougars.
Cave Spring took the lead in the fifth as they scored four runs to make it 6-4 in favor of the Knights. Cave’s final run came in the seventh off of two Cougar errors, a hit batter, and a single, making it 7-4 Knights.
Hedge got things started in the sixth with a single and stole second, and later scored on an error by Leftwich, closing the gap to two and setting up the exciting finish.
Pulaski County collected eight hits against Leftwich. Hedge and Price both finished 3-for-4 on the day, and the other hits came from Seagle and Cox.