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Lady Bruins use two-out rally to defeat Tipton-Rosemark Academy

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

TRA Lady Rebels Taylor Beasley and Brooklyn Simpson avoid an error as Beasley secures the out last week during the contest against USJ at Lady Rebel Field.

TRA Lady Rebels Taylor Beasley and Brooklyn Simpson avoid an error as Beasley secures the out last week during the contest against USJ at Lady Rebel Field.

Lately the TRA/USJ rivalry seems to follow a similar script.

Since 2011, the Tipton-Rosemark Academy Lady Rebels and University School of Jackson Lady Bruins were send a effective pitcher to the rubber to neutralize the opposing batting order. Then timely hitting would help one of the team to emerge with a thrilling victory.

TRA captured the 2011 State championship with a comeback victory over USJ. And last season a hit from Ashton Needham helped the Lady Rebels emerge with a win a piece of the Region title.

But last Thursday at Lady Rebel Field, it was the Lady Bruins’ turn to pull out a victory with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to win 5-1.

“They just hit the ball,” TRA Head Coach Joe Layton said. “They had some timely hits right there. That’s a part of the game. We did what we came out to do. We didn’t attack the ball like I hope we would. Ashton did a great job in the circle. She kept them off balance.

“It was little dinks here or there,” he continued. “She spread them around and you couldn’t ask for anything more from a pitcher. She went all seven innings. Defensively, I felt we played OK. They just hit the ball hard a couple of times there in that inning. That was the difference in the game. That’s softball.”

Needham, who was the hitting hero last year, was the starter last week against USJ. She kept the Lady Bruins scoreless until the fifth inning.

USJ took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly. TRA even up the score in its half of the frame starting with a Jordyn Thornell single. Two batters later Lady Rebel senior Mady Kate Gantt drove Thornell home with a single to make the tally 1-1.

The sixth inning went scoreless and the seventh frame started that way with USJ in a two-out situation with a runner on second base. The Lady Bruins were able to send five more batters up to the plate scoring four runs. Four base hits produced four RBIs.

USJ shut down TRA in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up the win.

“We’re through with the Region for right now,” Layton said. “We’re looking forward to the tournament which starts May 1. I don’t know where we’re going to end up. We’ll either be No. 2 or No. 3. There’s a lot of games. Our side is pretty tough one through four.

“Our kids came out of this with a positive attitude and postive outlook,” he concluded. “I think they’re ready to go. We’ve just got to keep going. I said at the beginning of the season, it’s going to come down to our pitching. Do we have that seven-inning person. I think we do. Mady Kate and Ashton have been doing a great job in the circle.”

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