MORAVIAN FALLS - Starmount’s string of tough-luck losses continued Friday night in Moravian Falls.
Battling against 2A power Wilkes Central, the young Lady Rams dropped a heart-breaking 4-2 decision in extra innings on a walk-off home run by Jodie Brock.
With no outs in the bottom of the eighth, Brock turned on a Olivia Greene offering and drove it over the center-field wall to give the Eagles the thrilling two-run victory.
Starmount let two leads slip away in the game.
The Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on two Central errors. Mackenzie Hutchens and Syndey Caudle reached on back-to-back miscues in the field before Alisha Baity plated a run on a RBI grounder to second.
After the Eagles tied the game in the home-half of the second, Starmount responded with the go-ahead run in the fourth.
Ashton Gregory led off the frame with a single to center before moving to third on a Caudle bunt single. Another Central error allowed Gregory to come home three batters later to put the Rams up 2-1.
The Eagles once again stormed back in the fifth, knotting the game at 2-2, sending the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, Brock ended the game with one swing of the bat, handing the Rams their second Mountain Valley Conference loss of the season.
On the baseball diamond, the Rams faced a similar fate, letting a late lead slip away against Wilkes Central.
Trailing 7-4, the Eagles’ Hank Prevette roped a bases-clearing triple in the left-center gap in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Central an 8-7 edge that would not surrender.
Starmount did its fair share of battling back in the contest after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning.
After the Eagles struck for three runs in the opening frame, the Rams scored two runs in three-straight innings en route to building a 7-4 advantage.
In the second, Sawyer Davis smacked a RBI single before Jeremy Whitaker drew a bases-loaded walk. After scoring twice on wild pitches in the third, Zach Worley came through on a big two-run single in the fourth to push the Rams’ lead to 6-3.
Hunter Myers gave Starmount its largest lead of the game at 7-4 after scoring on a Central error in the fifth.
But after falling behind 8-7 in the fifth, the Rams were unable to find the game-tying run, dropping their third-straight contest by a combined four runs.
Both Starmount squads return to the field Tuesday against Yadkin County rival Forbush.
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