Softball: Green Forest shakes off early deficit

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Green Forest coach Daniel Fitts wanted to see how the Lady Tigers would respond after Jasper scored three runs in the first inning last Thursday.

The Lady Tigers answered their coach’s curiosity with three runs in the bottom of the inning, then scored 11 times in the second inning on the way to an 18-6 victory.

“I was really happy with how we responded, especially after they scored,” Fitts said. “When somebody scores on you, especially first, a lot of times it’s how you react in the next inning that determines how the game goes. The fact that we were patient, hit the ball and ran the bases very well, I think that was a big thing.”

Each team had eight hits, but Green Forest delivered at the right time. Gracie Youngblood put the Lady Tigers ahead to stay with a bases-loaded triple in the second inning and finished with four runs batted in. Maddie Youngblood and Emma Taylor each had two hits and scored three times and Leah Evans had two RBI and two runs scored.

Gracie Youngblood pitched a complete game for the Lady Tigers, striking out nine batters.

Green Forest’s game against Omaha on Friday was rained out. The Lady Tigers were scheduled to host Elkins on Monday and hope to make up the Omaha game, maybe on Monday, April 26.

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