Big fifth inning lifts Cleveland softball past Morehead
Posted May 11
Clayton, N.C. — Cleveland fell behind in the fourth inning, but the Rams responded and came back to defeat Morehead 6-1 in the first round of the 3A softball state playoffs on Wednesday night.
The the game scoreless in the top of the fourth inning, Morehead scored the first run as a single from Kendall Powell drove in Kailey Walker. The Panthers led 1-0 going to the bottom of the fourth inning.
Cleveland tied it up in the bottom of the fourth inning too. With no one on base, Anna Kate Gilchrist hit a solo home run over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1.
With the Rams back at bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, Camryn Barbour found herself on second base after a double to center, then a ground out to second by Kayla Womack advanced Barbour to third base. Barbour gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead off a double down the third base line by Brooke Hamlin.
The Rams weren't done in the inning either.
Rebecca Straka followed Hamlin with a double of her own, scoring Hamlin and giving Cleveland a 3-1 lead. Then a wild pitch by Morehead allowed Straka to score, pushing the lead to 4-1.
Cleveland scored tow more runs in the inning off a single to center by Gilchrist, giving the Rams a 6-1 win. All five runs by Cleveland in the bottom of the fifth inning were scored with two outs.
Cleveland will advance to play Southwestern Randolph in the second round of the state playoffs on either Friday or Saturday. The game time has not yet been set. Southwestern Randolph defeated Swansboro in the first round, 14-4.