COLUMBUS, Ga. – Newberry’s late rally pushes Barry to the brink in a 5-4 loss on Saturday morning.
The 11:00 a.m. first-pitch saw a slow start for both teams as it took a couple of innings for someone to score in the matchup. However, the Wolves (10-5) were able to nab at least one hit in every inning.
Barry (5-13) brought the scoreless drought to an end in the bottom of the third on a homerun into left field. The Parrots would score a run in the next two innings before the Wolves’ defense shut them down completely in the sixth.
Down but certainly not out, Newberry mounted a successful comeback in the top of the seventh. The inning started off with Haley Simonds walking and Paige Meyer singling to the shortstop and advancing Chelsey Cunningham, who is pinch-running for Simonds, to second base.
Haley Wildes was next in the batter’s box and was walked, which gave Newberry a bases loaded situation. Ashley Willis’ walk transitioned all three baserunners and led Cunningham to score. Barry’s lead was now trimmed to 3-1.
Freshman McKenzie Barneycastle doubled into left field and scored the remaining Wolves; A. Willis, Wildes, and Meyer. Barneycastle’s blast saw the Wolves take control of the matchup 4-3. With the inning continuing, Tori Caldwell singled into left field with Barneycastle shifting to third.
Barry’s pitcher walked shortstop Natalie Willis, sent Caldwell to second, and Barneycastle did not advance. The inning came to a close on a swinging strikeout but not before the Wolves tallied four runs, three hits, no errors, and left three stranded.
With the pressure now on Barry, Newberry entered the bottom of the seventh looking to finish the job. However, walks put two Parrots on base. A sacrifice but propelled the Parrots up a base.
Barry tied the game up at 4-4 on a double by Rawls. And, ensuring to not play a Newberry team who is 1-0 in extra innings games, the Parrots were able to seal the win on a fielder’s choice that scored a baserunner.
Newberry’s batting efforts were led by Barneycastle who made four appearances and nabbed a hit with three RBIs. A. Willis also nabbed an RBI.
Newberry will face Columbus State starting at 6:30 p.m. in their second game of the day in the Columbus State Tournament.