Embree, Wood lead Danville past Lincoln

April 27, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

STANFORD - Playing strong competition is beginning to pay off for Danville.

The Admirals overcame an early 3-2 deficit here Monday to beat Lincoln County 6-4 thanks to run-scoring hits from Amber Wood and Kelly Embree along with one key Lincoln error.

"We played fine. We struggled a little bit with our hitting at the top of the lineup, but we hung in there and got a win," said Danville coach Jerry Perry.

The Admirals (9-9) have played 13 games since April 12. They beat Harlan, Washington County and Nicholas County to win the Danville Invitational over the weekend when pitcher Chelsea Wallace, third baseman Renee Chiu and first baseman Courtney Frye all made the all-tourney team.


Yet Perry thinks losses to No. 5 Christian County, No. 8 North Hardin, No. 12 Madison Central, and Heath and Lone Oak, two teams receiving votes in the weekly ratings, helped his team as much as anything.

"Now we just need some time to practice to work on a few things," Perry said.

Patriots had not played in more than a week

Lincoln coach Pam Young was just glad her team, which lost to Danville for the second time this season, was on the field. The Patriots had not played since April 17th and had not been able to even practice outdoors for almost a week because of the rainy weather.

"That's no excuse for not winning, but we were a little rusty," Young said. "But we did hit the ball better this time. We weren't intimidated. We hit some balls hard, especially late in the game, but it was always right at somebody."

Danville jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning when Wood lined a bases-loaded, two-out single. The Patriots (5-8) took the lead with three runs in the second inning. After Sara Fitzpatrick walked and Jana Crabtree singled, Jessica Stringer doubled to deep center field to score both runners. Stringer went to third on a Danville error and scored on a sacrifce bunt by Kendra Garris.

The Admirals went back on top 4-3 in the third when Embree, a freshman, got a bases-loaded, two-out single.

"She's been hitting great," Perry said. "As she gets older and stronger, she's going to be a gap hitter that can really do damage."

Lincoln tied the game in the fourth when Crabtree opened the frame with a triple to right off Wallace and scored on Stringer's ground out.

Danville pulls ahead in the fifth

Danville got what proved to be the winning run in the fifth. Wallace walked to start the frame and Frye put down a sacrfice bunt. Frye was thrown out at first and Sara Vonderbrink, who was running for Wallace, tried to go from first to third on the bunt. The throw got away from left fielder Marissa Rice, who was covering third, and Vonderbrink scored.

"She would have been out by 10 feet. It was a good throw, but we just didn't make the play. It happens," Young said.

Wallace induced Fitzpatrick to ground out with two runners on to end the fifth inning and she did not allow a hit in the final two frames. Lincoln's last chance faded when Danville shortstop Monica Vonderbrink recovered in time after bobbling a hard grounder by Rice with Lindsey Jaggers on first to still get the second out in the seventh.

"She's probably the best shortstop we've seen all year. Not many players could make that play," Young said.

Wallace struck out five, walked three and gave up four hits. Crabtree struck out one, walked five, hit two and allowed five hits, all singles.

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