EARLY — The Early Lady Horns stormed back from a three-run first-inning deficit for a 9-3 victory over the Abilene JV Eagles in Early tournament action Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Horns broke a 3-all tie with a five-run bottom of the third inning, then tacked on another run in the fourth before the game was called due to an expired time limit.
“These girls are good about getting their timing down at the plate,” said Early head coach Bryan Waller. “I wish they’d start a little stronger, but it’s better to be stronger at the end.”
Early’s 10-hit attack was led by shortstop Tylene Middleton, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs; right fielder Julia Loudermilk, who was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs; center fielder Kayla Dickerson, who was 2-for-3 with two runs; third baseman Tresta Donahoo, who was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run; and first baseman Holly Kuykendall, who ripped a two-RBI double.
Kaitlin Sliger went the distance in the circle for Early, allowing one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.
Early’s five-run third started with Dickerson reaching on a single and advancing to second base on a fielding error.
Catcher Angela Sanderson then reached base on the last of Abilene’s four errors in the game. With one out, Donahoo hit a line drive off the pitcher’s glove to load the bases.
Kuykendall then followed with another shot that deflected off the pitcher’s mitt and caromed into the outfield to score Dickerson and Sanderson. Donahoo also scored on the play when the ball got past the Abilene catcher on the throw home.
Leading 6-3, the Lady Horns added two more runs on an RBI triple by Loudermilk, which plated Kuykendall, and an RBI infield single by left fielder Sarah Russell, which scored Loudermilk.
Middleton’s RBI double off the left field fence scored Sanderson with the final run in the fourth inning.
Trailing 3-0 after half an inning, the Lady Horns closed the gap to 3-2 on an RBI double by Middleton and Donahoo’s RBI infield single.
Early pulled even at 3-all in the second when Loudermilk, who singled, scored from second base following an errant throw after Russell was retired on a ground out.
In Thursday’s nightcap against Cisco, the Lady Horns rolled to an 11-2 victory.
Janna Allen went the distance in the circle and allowed three hits while striking out four.
Donahoo chalked up a pair of inside-the-park home runs and Middleton tripled.
“This was the best game we’ve played so far offensively and defensively,” Waller said.
The Lady Horns (3-0) open bracket play at 2 p.m. today against Brady.