The Station Camp High softball team scored runs in bunches on Monday evening, and not even an unusual delay could slow the Lady Bison bats down.
Visiting Station Camp scored five runs in both the fourth and seventh innings to pull away for a 12-4 victory over District 9-AAA rival Gallatin at Triple Creek Park.
The Lady Bison (2-9 overall, 1-0 in District 9-AAA) pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of eight Lady Wave errors in winning their District 9-AAA opener.
“We can hit throughout the lineup,” Lady Bison senior Taylor Gaines said. “Last year, it was scattered on and off, but I think we’re going to have a good-hitting team.”
Gallatin head coach Randall Silcox added, “It’s self-inflicted wounds. We have to eliminate those. We started out really well, and then, all of a sudden, balls were getting by us.”
Sophomore Jordan Hodge collected three hits to lead the Lady Bison and scored three runs, including one on freshman Gabriella Sarabia’s single into centerfield to give Station Camp a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning.
The Lady Wave (2-5, 0-3) closed the gap in the next half-inning as freshman Makayla Wright singled in sophomore Ada Anderson and sophomore Cassidy Graves, cutting Station Camp’s lead to 6-4.
A scorekeeping error resulted in a 20-minute delay as umpires left the field following the conclusion of the sixth inning, which was shown on the scoreboard as the seventh inning.
Once the umpires returned, the Lady Bison bats continued to produce during the final inning. Freshman Kyndal Chaffin, sophomore Anna Lyons and freshman Addie Lange all doubled down the leftfield line in succession, with each hit driving in a run. Hodge’s single into centerfield scored Lange, and senior Chasity Wheeley singled in Hodge with the game’s final run.
“We had to work out our kinks in (last week’s) Commando Classic,” Gaines said. “I think we’ve got it down.”
Sarabia allowed two runs over three innings, collecting the victory for the Lady Bison. Gaines pitched the final four innings and struck out six Gallatin hitters to earn a save.
The Lady Bison also committed eight errors, but Gallatin was unable to cash in as much as Station Camp did off of the miscues.
“Both teams did not play mistake-free softball,” Silcox said. “We have to take advantage of those things a little more than they did on us. We’re getting opportunities, but we have to get (baserunners) moving.”
The Lady Bison are slated to host Portland on Thursday. Gallatin travels to Hendersonville on Tuesday before hosting Westmoreland on Wednesday, Beech on Thursday and Portland on Friday.
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STATION CAMP 100 501 5 – 12 14 8
GALLATIN 011 200 0 – 4 6 8
Gabriella Sarabia, Taylor Gaines (4) and Chastity Wheeley; Savannah Link, Sidney Link (4), Savannah Link (7) and Haley Barnes. WP – Sarabia (2-4). LP – Savannah Link. Save – Gaines (1). Records: Station Camp 2-9 overall, 1-0 in District 9-AAA, Gallatin 2-5, 0-3.