Midland rallies past SV, 7-5
ONA -- The Cabell Midland and Spring Valley softball teams traded nap times, Tuesday, and the Knights woke up in time to claim a victory.
Cabell Midland (7-3 and ranked eighth in Class AAA) rallied from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-5 at Paul Adams Field.
"We kept our heads up," said Midland's Mandi King, who went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. "Coach talked to us to get us back in the game."
The Knights came out lackadaisical. Timberwolves pitcher Brooke Phillips retired the first nine batters she faced and just one ball left the infield. Meanwhile, Spring Valley's hitters were hot, jumping on Midland starter Kyla Shull for three runs in the first inning, two on a single by Cassie Adkins and one on a base hit by Taylor Scott.
In the third inning, Taylor Brumfield and Alex Milum singled in runs, taking advantage of two Knights' errors and a walk, to give the sixth-ranked Timberwolves (7-3) a 5-0 advantage.
Then things fell apart for Spring Valley.
"They got ahead and got complacent," Spring Valley coach Allison Webb said. "With a good team, you can't do that. You have to keep tacking on and tacking on."
In the fourth, Knights leadoff hitter Jordan Colliflower reached on an error, starting an inning that saw Midland send 10 batters to the plate. King singled in Makayla Waugh, who walked. After Alyssa Koontz singled, Jenna Marsh doubled in King and Erin Kaplan. Jamie Schussler singled in Marsh and the Knights were within 5-4 after four innings.
"They threw a slower pitcher and we struggled with that at the beginning," Marsh said. "She was good. We didn't make hard contact."
The Knights won it in the fifth as King celebrated her 18th birthday with an RBI triple to score Kaplan and tie it. Marsh then smashed a double to right-center to score King and make it 7-5.
"We made adjustments and we didn't give up," Midland coach Jeannie Lunsford said. "When you're down 5-0, it's hard to come back. I'm extremely proud of our girls."
Lunsford said she particularly was proud of Abbie Tolbert. The junior right-hander came on in relief in the second inning and allowed two runs on three hits, with five strikeouts and four walks to earn the victory. Tolbert's changeup kept Spring Valley hitters off balance for much of the game.
"Abbie's work ethic is unreal," Lunsford said. "She's always the first to practice and the last to leave. She works so hard and is such a team player."
Tolbert said she wasn't going to tolerate a second Midland loss to Spring Valley this early in the season.
"I wasn't going to accept a loss," Tolbert said. "I was thinking we had to finish it."
Marsh went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in. King was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
No Spring Valley player recorded more than one hit, but Adkins singled, walked twice and drove in two runs. Haley Caldwell reached on a walk, was hit by a pitch and scored a run.
SPRING VALLEY 302 000 0 -- 5 6 2
CABELL MIDLAND 000 430 x -- 7 9 2
Phillips, Acker (5) and Adkins; Shull, Tolbert (2) and Koontz. Hitting: (SV) Jackson 2B, Adkins 2 RBI; (CM) Colliflower 2B, King 2-3 3B 2 RBI, Marsh 2-3 2 2B 3 RBI.
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