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Junior first baseman Beth Tuttle hit her second home run of the season in Carroll County’s 12-2 win in five innings over Williamstown at home Friday night.
“It was a team win,” Head Coach Duke Boles said. “… Everybody contributed, and everybody did something positive.”
The Lady Panthers (4-12) battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the first inning and scored 12 unanswered runs. The team logged 13 hits, including Tuttle’s home run and five doubles by eighth graders Kayla Williamson, Kelsey Ogden, Hannah McEndre and Mackenzie Ogden and senior Brooke Boles.
Tuttle also made the highlight reel in the second inning, when she was injured covering a bunt. Williamstown’s pitcher Katie Fryman bunted foul down the first base line. As Tuttle came up to field the ball and blow the play dead, she and Fryman collided. Fryman’s helmet hit Tuttle’s upper lip, forcing her temporarily out of the game with a deep cut. Carroll’s designated hitter, McEndre, came in to play first base, and Tuttle became the team’s DH. Coach Boles said it was a weird play that could have happened to anyone, and Tuttle’s cut would most likely be closed with liquid stitches.
Boles said he was proud of his team for not giving up after making mistakes, a tendency the team had earlier in the season. He said the girls are playing more like a team and picking each other up when they get down.
“We have the talent on this team to be a good team,” Boles said. “… If we get rid of the unearned runs, we can play with anybody.”