Bulldogs find a spark in suspended game
It took a little while for the McLouth High softball team to find its normal energy on Wednesday, when the Bulldogs started a previously postponed game with Pleasant Ridge in the top of the third inning.
MHS went scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Jessie Troupe hit a three-run blast that led the Bulldogs to a 6-1 victory.
The game, which began April 9 but was suspended due to weather, resumed with McLouth up 2-1, with one out and one runner on for Pleasant Ridge in the third.
Senior pitcher Lezley Lawson didn’t allow a run in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday, and the big sixth inning for McLouth (6-0) gave the team some breathing room.
Leading by just one run entering the sixth, MHS coach Ballard Patterson said his team got fired up when PRHS intentionally walked Kendall Patterson to start the inning. Her base on balls was followed by a double from her younger sister, Kaley, giving the Bulldogs two runners in scoring position with no outs.
After Pleasant Ridge retired Lawson and Missy Rome, Troupe came to the plate and drove in the Pattersons with her home run over the right-field fence.
The four-bagger was followed by a stand-up double from Courtney Stauch. She advanced to third on a passed ball and Morgan Drinnon drove her home with a single to right field.
Coach Patterson said the team was “really flat” to start the game and it felt like McLouth was “walking in mud.”
The coach begged his team for more energy and MHS finally responded in the sixth.
McLouth is back in action on Monday, when the Bulldogs travel to Jeff West for their first road game of the season.
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