In the tight District 9-AA softball race, David Lipscomb inched its way forward a bit.
Thanks to a pair of sophomores, the Mustangs avenged an earlier loss by scoring a tough 4-2 victory over Hume-Fogg Thursday afternoon at Looby Center Park and gained momentum for the stretch run.
Soph right-hander Barkley Logan (9-2) fired a six-hitter, striking out five, out-dueling Hume-Fogg lefty pitcher Danielle Rucker. She evened the score after Hume-Fogg handed her a 2-1 loss March 31 at Lipscomb when the Knights scored two runs in the seventh for the win.
And No. 9 hitter Whitney Wood hit two singles, with one RBI. She also scored twice, including what proved to be the game-winner when she raced around the bases on a triple to left by senior Chelsey Piper.
“There was definitely motivation after that earlier loss,’’ Logan said. “I just tried to throw strikes and let my defense do the work. They all do a great job. I was able to throw my changeup for strikes, and I was hitting the corners.’’
In the second, Rachel Pugh singled and scored on an infield hit by Wood, who later scored on an error. In the fifth, Wood singled, then roared home on the triple by Piper, who scored on Lauren Bonte’s RBI groundout for a 4-1 lead.
“I’ve been struggling at the plate recently,’’ Wood said. “Today, I just got mad when I got to the plate and decided to do something about it. This was a game we really needed to win with race so close.’’
Indeed, it is. Lipscomb (15-8 overall) moved a game ahead with an 8-1 record to 7-2 for Hume-Fogg. Ezell-Harding is 7-1 in the tight three-team race after Hume-Fogg handed the Eagles a 2-1, eight-inning loss Tuesday.
Lipscomb has two key games left with Ezell. After playing in the Duff tournament in Cookeville this weekend, the Mustangs host Ezell Tuesday, then have a makeup of a rainout game with the Eagles April 28. Next will be the tournament at Trevecca.
“Today (Thursday), Barkley was as intense as I have ever seen her,’’ said Lipscomb 22nd-year coach Gary Davis. “She was very focused and motivated.
“And the lower part of our order today really came through, Brittany Dillingham got a big double, and Whitney Wood got two hits and really ran the bases well. And Chelsey got a big triple. Sometimes, the lower part of the order has to pick everyone up.’’
Rucker struck out five batters, walking none for Hume-Fogg (10-11). Cassie Bollin, a Belmont signee, went 3-for-4, with one RBI, accounting for half of the Knights’ six hits.
“We struck out five times, four of them looking,’’ said eighth-year coach Mike Caldwell, who has taken his past two teams to the AA state tournament. “And we left 10 on base, when you do that against a good team like Lipscomb, you just aren’t going to win.’’
NABC BANQUET; Maplewood’s Ralph Thompson (football), CPA’s Drew Maddux (boys basketball) and McGavock’s Kim May (girls basketball) were named coaches of the year at the annual Nashville Association of Black Coaches banquet Thursday night at M.L. King. Also, Brent Hurst, A.D. Hancock, Jean Litterer and Tom Ward received special recognition as retired administrators.