The McDowell Lady Titans softball team finished out a busy week of Northwestern 3A/4A Conference action Thursday, using a late inning rally to beat the Watauga Lady Pioneers 11-3.
Thursday’s victory ends the week on a positive note, with MHS bouncing back from a pair of losses, 13-7 at South Caldwell on Tuesday and a 6-3 setback on Wednesday at St Stephens.
McDowell had to battle on Thursday to prevent getting swept for the week. Trailing 3-2 at the midway point, the Lady Titans broke through with nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
In that frame, 13 batters came to the plate. It started with Dezi Williams (2-3, 2RBIs) getting hit by a pitch and then advancing to second on a throwing error. Jada Cannon (2-4, 2RBIs) then tied the game 3-3 with an RBI double, scoring Williams.
Later on, Cannon gave McDowell a 4-3 lead when she stole home plate. Callie Spratt (1-3, BB, RBI) increased the lead to 5-3 with an RBI single. The rest of the fifth included a two-run double by Jessica Cannon (2-3), an RBI single by Williams in her second at bat of the inning and run-scoring hits by Jada Cannon and Kirsten Melvin. The Lady Titans finished the contest with 13 hits in total.
Melvin went 3-for-4 against the Lady Pioneers, driving in one run and scoring once. Emma Banks (triple) Laynie Hudgins and Nicole Gallion added one hit apiece.
Sophomore pitcher Lucy Hames earned the win, allowing three runs on three hits in five innings. One of those hits was a line-drive homer by Jada Wilson over the center-field fence in the top of the first.
After McDowell took the lead in the fifth, relief pitchers Madison Wills and Taylor Morgan secured the last two innings, holding Watauga to just one hit the rest of the way.
The Lady Titans will be on the road Tuesday at Alexander Central. McDowell was a 7-6 winner in extra innings in the first matchup between the two back on March 13. The next home game is Friday against West Caldwell.