Both the Lady Eagles (9-5) and visiting Lady Spartans managed six hits apiece in the contest, and both programs were knotted at one through five innings of play. But in the top of the sixth, AHS plated the eventual winning run after producing two hits to go along with a pair of Eastern errors — making it a 2-1 contest after six complete.
The Lady Eagles managed to get the tying run on first with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately came up short in their rally attempt — allowing Alexander to come away with the hard-fought 2-1 decision.
The Lady Spartans struck first blood in the top of the second, as a one-out double by Bartlett brought home Kolter for a 1-0 edge. EHS, however, countered with a run in its half of the second after a sacrifice fly by Hayley Gillian brought home Kelsey Myers for a 1-all contest through two complete.
The score remained that way until the top of the sixth, when Kolter started the rally with a single. An error allowed Sams to reach safely, putting runners on first and second with one out. Klournoy followed with a single that plated Kolter for a 2-1 edge, then an error on the same play allowed Sams and Klournoy to move up to second and third with one away.
Eastern recorded outs on the next two batters, which left the contest at 2-1 headed into the bottom of the sixth.
Megan Carnahan reached safely on a walk with two outs in the sixth, but the potential tying run was left on first as both teams headed into the seventh. Allie Rawson reached on a two-out error in the seventh, but was also stranded at first as the game came to a conclusion.
The Lady Eagles left nine runners on base in the setback, while Alexander stranded eight on the bags. EHS also committed six errors, twice as many as the Lady Spartans’ tally of three miscues.
Brianna Hensley took the loss for EHS, allowing six hits and zero walks over seven innings while fanning one. Kolter got the win after surrendering six hits and two walks over seven frames while striking out three.
Allie Rawson led the hosts with two hits, followed by Carnahan, Brooke Johnson, Brenna Holter and Amber Moodispaugh with a safety each. Gillian had the lone Eastern RBI.
Kolter paced AHS with two hits and scored both runs, while McLaughty, Sams, Klournoy and Bartlett added a safety each. Klournoy and Bartlett added an RBI apiece to the winning cause.