By Adam Gore
HOULKA – The Lady Rams were one out away from picking up a 6-3 division win over Houlka, but the wheels came off in the bottom of the seventh allowing the Lady Wildcats to grab the 8-6 come-from-behind victory.
Vardaman (5-7, 2-3) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second when Trisha Williams and Chelsea Williams scored on a Houlka (2-2, 2-1) error and Whitney Gee scored when Charlsie Moore reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Rams tacked on two more runs in the fourth when Greta Parker scored on a triple by Moore who later scored when Kelsey Nelson grounded out to second.
Houlka got on the board in the bottom half of the inning when Paige Williams scored on a wild pitch and a single from Macey Heair plated Marissa Hobson and Jhelesia Young to make it a 5-3 game.
Gee scored on a single by Moore in the sixth. Lane Harrison tried to add another run in the inning when a wild pitch skipped away from the catcher, but a favorable bounce kicked the ball back towards the play allowing the Lady Wildcats to escape the inning with minimum damage done.
Vardaman went three up, three down in the top of the seventh opening the door for the Lady Cats’ dramatic finish.
Ranesha Townsend ripped a two-out two-run in-the-park home run to make it a 6-5 game in favor of the Lady Rams before Young hit another in-the-park home run to plate three runs and give Houlka the 8-6 come-from-behind win.
Parker finished 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and scored a run with Moore going 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, a single, one run, and a RBI for Vardaman.
Courtney Woodard went 3-for-4 with a pair of singles, a triple, and scored a run while Mallory Meyers finished 2-for-4 with two singles and scored a run for Houlka.
Nelson was the pitcher of record for Vardaman. Heair got the win for Houlka.