Lightning –Martin runner-up in Swing for a Cure | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 9, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 8, 2017 at 10:55 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Lowcountry Lightning–Martin recently made its debut in 14U competition during the WFC Swing for a Cure Tournament held at the ACE Basin Sports Complex. The Lightning cruised through pool play, then battled through brackets to the championship game where they finished as the runnerup in the tournament.
The Lightning’s first bracket game was an extra-inning thriller. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning for the Lightning, and two outs, guest player Rachel Wright sent a fly ball to center that was bobbled, allowing the winning run to cross home plate. Becca Martin, Shandi Brown and Taylor Tomedolskey recorded game-tying hits.
“We were chasing the entire game, but the girls kept battling back,” said Coach Tiger Martin. “We definitely got a break, but the pressure-packed game took a lot out of us from the physical and emotional standpoint.”
In an 8-1 loss in game two against the Knockouts, Makayla Chisolm tripled and scored the lone run for the Lightning. “We just never got going in the game,” said Martin. “Amberly Way pitched well, but our defense faltered behind her.”
Against the Carolina Heartbreakers, Rachel Wright earned the 11-2 win in the circle for the Lightning. Way, Elaney Sanders and Mackenzie Pellum each had two hits to pace the offense, while Malorie Spiegel and Whitley Weathers scored twice in the game.
In game four, Weathers and Way combined for the 13-3 win over the Carolina Rattlers. “We were down 3-0 in the first, but the girls came right back,” said Martin. “Becca Martin had a 2-RBI double to score Tomedolskey and Way to tie the game. Then, Brown and Wright singled in the second to start a six-run rally and Pellum and Spiegel had RBIs in the inning.”
A string of hits in third inning put the Lightning in the driver’s seat in the 11-4 win over the Lowcountry Storm. “Brown, Wright and Tomedolskey had consecutive singles followed by a left-center triple from Way in the game,” said Martin. “Chisolm then knocked in Way to cap off a six-run inning. Pellum had a 2-RBI double in the fifth inning.”
In the championship game against the undefeated Knockouts, the Lightning held a 6-3 lead in the third inning, but could not hold on for the win. “We ran into a buzz saw,” said Martin. “They put on a hitting show and pulled away to win.
“Being without two of our regulars presented the opportunity to reunite with former players Whitley Weathers and Rachel Wright,” said Martin. “Their veteran leadership was invaluable to the younger girls. This tournament served as a real confidence booster for us going forward. I know the girls had a few butterflies, but we now know we can compete in 14U — even with a young roster.”