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14 Innings Later...
MAKING THE PLAY. Bunn High School freshman pitcher Lauren Maynard throws out a Southern Nash baserunner following a ground ball during last Wednesday’s softball game in Stanhope. (Graphic photos by Geoff Neville)
STANHOPE -- After one inning, a slugfest appeared to be in store for last Wednesday’s non-conference softball contest between Bunn and host Southern Nash.

Both teams exploded offensively in the opening frame, scoring four runs apiece.

However, neither club would be able to dent home plate again until the bottom of the 14th stanza.

That’s when a wild pitch plated a run as Southern Nash put together a two-out rally to edge Bunn by a 5-4 margin at Ladybird Field.

The squads combined for 27 total hits, but left plenty of runners on base. BHS had a chance to move ahead in the top of the 13th when Melanie Davis doubled with a runner on first base.

But Southern Nash threw out the runner at home plate, and the score would remain tied at 4-4.

SN broke through with two out in the bottom of the 14th as Mallory Bass drew a walk and stole second base.

Hilary Wilson followed with a single to put runners on first and third, and an ensuing wild pitch would bring home the winner.

Bunn got off to a strong start as Davis led off the game with a double, and Morgan Pearce singled. After an error and a BHS strikeout, Brittany Baird blooped a single before Holden Edwards ripped a two-run double down the left-field line.

By the time the inning was over, the Ladycats were surging at 4-0.

Southern Nash countered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, beginning with Taylor Braswell’s leadoff double.

Following a groundout and an error, Bass ripped a two-run double off the fence.

Two batters later, Haley Wood evened the score with a two-run base knock.

The rest of the game would feature a pitcher’s duel between Southern’s Braswell and Bunn’s Lauren Maynard, who is only a freshman

Braswell would go the distance for the Ladybirds, while Maynard was replaced before the bottom of the 14th stanza.

With the victory, Southern Nash avenged an earlier-season loss against the Ladycats in Bunn.

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