PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth and Minford engaged in a back-and-forth affair on Tuesday — one that was ultimately won by the Lady Trojans.
It took eight innings to do so, but the Lady Trojans (3-1) edged the Lady Falcons 7-6 to earn their third win in four tries this campaign.
The loss was the Lady Falcons’ (1-1) first after defeating Eastern in their season opener on Monday.
In the home half of the eighth inning, Portsmouth sophomore Katie Born drove in the game-tying and scored the game-winning run in walk-off fashion.
Born drove in junior Madison Perry on a double to center field which tied things at 6-all. On the fourth pitch of the next at-bat, Born made her way from third base to home on a wild pitch and gave the Lady Trojans’ their seventh and the game’s final run.
Minford took a 6-4 lead in the top half of the eighth inning on RBI hits by Mackenzie Koverman and Kaylee Essman — their first lead of the game since the top of the first when they took an early 1-0 lead.
The Lady Falcons collected 14 hits as a team with seniors Megan Johnson and Andie Blevins each going 3-of-5 at the plate to lead the way.
Blevins drove in three of Minford’s six RBI, while Lute, Essman and Koverman were responsible for one apiece.
Perry led all hitters with a game-high four RBI on two-of-four hitting while fellow junior Olivia Ramey went 3-of-4 and scored a game-high three runs.
Portsmouth’s Faith Phillips pitched a complete game against the Lady Falcons, allowing just four earned runs and walking one in the victory.
Minford: 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 — 6 14 1
Portsmouth: 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 — 7 11 4
W: Phillips (P), L: Akers (M)