Softball: Lady Tigers sweep doubleheader
The Green Forest Lady Tigers came roaring back from spring break, sweeping a doubleheader from Bergman on Monday, March 29, by a combined score of 39-3.
Green Forest won the opener 18-0, then took the second game 21-3.
“They’re kind of down, so we like to take advantage of that,” Green Forest coach Daniel Fitts said.
The Lady Tigers had 10 hits in the first game, including three by Katie Underdown, who drove in four runs and scored two. Leah Evans also had three hits, with two runs batted in and a run scored. Maddie Youngblood had two hits, drove in three runs and scored four times. Emma Taylor had one hit, drove in two runs and also scored four runs. Gracie Youngblood went 1-for-2 with two RBI.
Gracie Youngblood pitched 3 2/3 innings, holding Bergman scoreless on five hits with six strikeouts. Sara Divall came on in relief to record the final out.
The Lady Tigers needed just two and a half innings to win the second game.
Bergman led 3-2 going into the bottom of the second before Green Forest erupted for 19 runs.
Gracie Youngblood delivered the big blow — a three-run home run that gave the Lady Tigers a 10-3 lead.
Meghan Trusty drove in four runs and scored two Green Forest. Taylor had three hits and drove in two runs. Whitney Andreski drove in three runs and scored two. Evans and Maddie Youngblood each drove in two runs and scored three. Underdown and Lyndsey Snow scored three runs apiece.
Evans pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, striking out five batters and walking two while allowing one hit and no runs.
“That game was a real confidence-builder for her,” Fitts said.
On Tuesday, March 30, Green Forest scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force Huntsville into extra innings before the Lady Eagles scored one run in the top of the eighth for a 6-5 victory.
Green Forest had 10 hits, including two each from Taylor, Gracie Youngblood and Allie Snow. Taylor drove in three runs and Maddie Youngblood scored two for the Lady Tigers.
Fitts pointed out that Huntsville had recently beaten Greenland, which run-ruled Green Forest in the Lady Tigers’ season-opener.
“It was really one of those games to see where you stand now. It’s a loss but I was really happy to see how much we’d improved.”
Green Forest will host Marshall in a doubleheader on Tuesday.