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Chaffee rallies past East Prairie in district tune up

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Chaffee shortstop Taylor Fodge tags out East Prairie runner Caitlin Harwell as she tries to advance to second during the seventh inning of Tuesday's contest. Brent Shipman, Staff
EAST PRAIRIE -- In their final tune up before the start of today's Class 1, District 1 tournament, the Chaffee Lady Devils rallied from an early deficit against the East Prairie Lady Eagles on Tuesday for an 13-4 win.

"We were a little shaky defensively today," Chaffee coach Shawn Powderly said. "We were missing a couple of key players, including our shortstop whose out (sick) and another couple who are on a trip.

"So we didn't have a full squad today, but manage to play well enough to win and at this point in the year it's about getting wins and getting ready for districts."

Trailing 4-3 to start the fourth inning, the Lady Devils kick-started a five-run rally to retake the lead when MacKenzie Chapman scored from third on a dropped third strike to tie the game.

A dropped fly ball in center fielder that would have ended the inning allowed the Lady Devils to take the lead, scoring Taylor Fodge from second. Rounding out the rally, Cierra Crites, Jesse Evans and Stevie Schrum connected on three straights hits to drive in the final runs of the frame to give Chaffee a 8-4 advantage.

"One thing we do better than anything else is swing the bats," Powderly said. "So we started off a little rough, but that inning came around and we finally started to click a little bit.

"I think we were finally able to sit back and drive the ball like we usually do and we were out on our front foot a little bit in the beginning."

Padding their newfound lead, the Lady Devils rallied for two runs in both the fifth and seventh innings while also scoring a run in the sixth.

Early in the game when they trailed 3-1, a three-run rally by the East Prairie gave the Lady Eagles their only lead of the afternoon. With two outs and the bases loaded, Caitlin Hartwell hit a drive into the gap in right center field to clear the bases and give East Prairie a 4-3 advantage.

"That was a big hit," Lady Eagles' coach Steve Stokes said. "And it probably helped her get some confidence because she's a lot better hitter than what she's been looking like out here lately.

"She can hit the ball hard like that all day long and finally today she got a couple good rips."

Though his team couldn't come back from the Lady Devils' big inning, Stokes was was proud of the way his girls battled.

"They probably earned half their runs and we gave away the other half, but I was pleased with the effort today," Stokes said. "I thought we hit the ball better then what we have been. Still didn't get the big hits all the time, but we're still kind of a young and struggling team. Probably one of the best games we've played all year."

With four hits in the contest, the Lady Eagles were led by Harwell who finished the game with a single, a triple and three runs batted in. Lauren Magee and Courtney Carden each contributed a single.

As for the Lady Devils, Sierra Miller and Kaitlin McFerron each had a game-high three hits as both scored three runs and collected a double. Fodge and Evans each had a pair of singles as Chaffee finished the contest with 13 hits.

Picking up the win was Hailey Enderle, who went the full seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits and five walks while striking out seven. After allowing the three-run rally in the second, Enderle held the Lady Eagles scoreless the final five innings and only surrender one more hit.

"She kind of settled in," Powderly said. "She started off a little rough. She was having control issues and was up in the zone, but when she settled in and adjusted to the umpires strike zone, which was a little lower today, she was able to zone in and work much better."

Chaffee finished the regular season at 11-12 and East Prairie 0-12.