Cleveland bats come alive too late against CSAS

RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
Posted 5/4/16

After scoring only one run off five hits in six innings, the Cleveland bats exploded for six consecutive hits in the bottom of the seventh, beginning with a home run by Lydia Martin.

But the …

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Cleveland bats come alive too late against CSAS

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After scoring only one run off five hits in six innings, the Cleveland bats exploded for six consecutive hits in the bottom of the seventh, beginning with a home run by Lydia Martin.

But the four runs scored by the Lady Raiders proved too little, too late in a 10-5 Senior Night loss to Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences.

The Lady Raiders travel one final time before Friday’s beginning of the 5-AAA tournament at Ooltewah with a road trip today to Kingston.

The Lady Raiders celebrated the athletic careers of seniors Teliyah Cobb and Allison Botts before the beginning of the game.

“We had a slow start at the plate and made a few costly errors in the field. But, what a testament to our two seniors today, not giving up at the end. That's what we have preached all year,” said Lady Raiders coach K.J. Harris.

The Lady Patriots put a three-spot on the board in their first at bat, but the Lady Raiders came back in the bottom half of the inning, beginning with a lead-off triple to right-center field off the bat of Lauren Lee. Caroline Owens made it a 3-1 game with an RBI single.

CSAS got the run back in the second before zeroing in on the Lady Raiders’ pitching in the top of the fourth. The Patriots scored six runs on five hits and were helped by a pair of Cleveland errors on their way to a 10-1 lead.

After two scoreless innings, the Lady Raiders came to life with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Martin got the hit parade started with a blast that landed on the far side of the left-center field fence. After a single by Lauren Lee, a double by Emily Colbaugh and consecutive hits from Owens, Botts and Ambra Belcher, the Lady Raiders cut the gap to five runs before the Patriots finally got the final out to end the game, preserving the 10-5 win.

“I knew the longer we saw her (CSAS pitcher) we were going to get our timing down. I felt like there at the end we finally had our timing down, but it's hard to put enough runs together to come back from that deficit,” said Harris.

LADY PATRIOTS 10, LADY RAIDERS 5

CSAS 310 600 0 — 10 10 1

Cleveland 100 000 4 — 5 5 3

WP: Lulu Benn LP: Allison Botts. HR: Lydia Martin (C) 3B: Jade Hester, (CS), Lauren Lee (C) 2B: Alaina Thoms, Michaela Ragland, Brianna Parker, Benn (CS) Teliyah Cobb (C) Highlights: Thoms 2-4, Parker 2-4 (CS); Caroline Owens 2-4 (C). Records: CSAS 8-10; Cleveland 3-17.

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