Lady Tigers Rally to Beat Eagles



SULLIVAN — The Sumner Tigers rallied from a five-run deficit to edge the George Stevens Academy Eagles 10-9 on Tuesday.

Third baseman Emily Lowell of the George Stevens Academy Eagles awaits the late throw as Maria Lockhart of the Sumner Tigers steals third in Sumner’s come-from-behind 10-9 win over the Eagles on Tuesday.—HUGH BOWDEN
Third baseman Emily Lowell of the George Stevens Academy Eagles awaits the late throw as Maria Lockhart of the Sumner Tigers steals third in Sumner’s come-from-behind 10-9 win over the Eagles on Tuesday.—HUGH BOWDEN

SULLIVAN — The Sumner Tigers rallied from a five-run deficit to edge the George Stevens Academy Eagles 10-9 on Tuesday.

Sumner got started early against the GSA Eagles, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning after GSA had taken a 1-0 lead.

Those Tiger runs came on singles by Maria Lockhart and Sarah Leighton, a GSA error, a wild pitch and a passed ball.

The Eagles responded with four of their own in the top of the second, all without benefit of a hit.

Lockhart, who started in the pitcher’s circle for the Tigers, loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter.

Some shaky defensive play by the Tigers on an infield fly and a popup to shortstop, coupled with a walk and a dropped fly ball, allowed four GSA runners to cross the plate, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead.

GSA extended that lead to 9-4 in the top of the third.

Emily Lowell reached on an error to lead off and scored when Taylor Higgins was safe on another Tiger error.

Higgins came across the plate on a wild pitch.

One out later, Candage singled and scored on a triple by Richelle Kane and Sabrina Vivian drove in Kane with a single.

Daley came on for Sumner in relief of Lockhart in the third inning and allowed only two singles the rest of the way.

The Tigers picked up single runs in the third and fourth innings and won the game with four in the sixth inning.

In that rally, Katelyn Hodgkins led off the inning with a solo home run.

Then, with two outs, Lockhart singled and stole second, Kiera Eschete singled, moving Lockhart to third and Lockhart scored as Leighton reached base on a dropped third strike.

Hunter Rivers then drilled a two-run single to give Sumner the 10-9 lead, and Daley retired the Eagles without a run in the top of the seventh to preserve the win.

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