Bethany Mason was grace under pressure Friday night.
The Troup shortstop faced an 0-1 count with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and runners on second and third when she stroked a ground ball between the Sabine shortstop and third baseman, which drove in Cheyenne Kirkland as the game-winning run as Troup clipped the Lady Cardinals, 2-1.
The win allowed the Lady Tigers to avenge their only District 18-2A loss of the season, which came in early March when the Lady Tigers and the Lady Cards faced off for the first time.
The Lady Tiger win rocketed Troup (11-12, 7-1 18-2A) into a tie for first with Harmony.
Josee Ross pitched one of her stronger games of the season in allowing just one run on three hits while striking out 15 and walking none.
Sabine took a 1-0 edge by plating one run in the top of the sixth.
Dusty Neely, a freshman, led the Lady Tigers at the plate by going 2 for 3 with a RBI.
She also punched out a hit during Troup's rally in the final inning.
“Prior to her at bat, Dusty told me what pitches struck her out in her first at bat,” Troup head coach, Sam Weeks, said. “She (Neely) told me that she was going to work on those during that at bat and with a count of no balls and two strikes she hit a shallow fly ball to right field that scored Lee Ann Lloyd to tie the game up at the time.”
Neely's hit also moved Kirkland from second to third,to set the table for Mason.
Troup's remaining hit was garnered by McKenzie Hugghins.