The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs came from behind Tuesday night to defeat fourth-seeded West Rowan 5-3 in Mt. Ulla.
Trailing 2-0 entering the fourth inning, East Lincoln scored a pair of runs when Lyla Haywood’s fielder’s choice scored Tatum Martin from third base and Jaelyn Freeston scored from second on a throwing error on the same play.
The Lady Mustangs did fall behind again in the home half of the fourth on Riley Haggas’ solo home run to make it 4-3.
The score remained that way until the sixth inning when Freeston homered to left to pull East Lincoln even at 3-3.
And then in the top of the seventh, Taniyah Thomas’ 2-run homer followed a one-out single off the bat of Aubrey Gust to give the Lady Mustangs their first lead of the game at 5-3.
After Ashlee Ennis singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, East Lincoln starting pitcher Leah Correll got three straight Lady Falcon batters to pop up on the infield to end the contest and send the Lady Mustangs into Friday’s fourth round.
Correll pitched a complete game to pick the win. The senior allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out 3.
Freeston helped lead the East Lincoln offense with a 2 for 3 night at the plate. The senior homered, singled, drove in a run and scored twice.
Martin went 3 for 3 with a walk and a run scored, and Thomas was 2 for 4 (home run, double) on the night with 2 RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored. Gust also had a pair of base hits and scored a run.
Emma Clark had two hits and Haggas had the home run to lead the Lady Falcons.
The Lady Mustangs out-hit West Rowan 9 to 5.
East Lincoln 000 201 2 - 5 9 1
West Rowan 002 100 0 - 3 6 1
Winning pitcher:Leah Correll.
UP NEXT: East Lincoln (20-1) will travel to no. 1 seed Enka on Friday for a fourth round game starting at 6 p.m.
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(Published May 18, 2023)
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