Cards softball tops Chapman in season final

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Clutch hitting, including a two-run first-inning homer by Michelle Suddeth, helped Landrum defeat Chapman, 8-6, in softball at Landrum on Friday, at home.

Heads-up base-running, and a Chapman wild throw on a rundown play, also helped the Cardinals, who ended their regular season at 14-7.

Starting pitcher Caitlyn Cox was lifted in the first inning, after Chapman scored twice, with three runners reaching base on walks. Alexus Atkins came on stop the rally, by striking out the batter who faced Cox, and fanning the next.

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Sarah Price led off Landrum’s home first with a walk, stole second, and scored ahead of Suddeth, who belted the ball over the fence in left center.

Later in that frame, Atkins reached first, stole second, was caught in a rundown, and reached third safely, and scored after Chapman’s pitcher’s throw eluded the third sacker. Landrum’s Alyssa Davis started that play, with a hard bouncer back at the pitcher, who alertly caught Atkins off of second, but whom uncorked a high throw to third.

After one, the Cards led, 3-2.

In the home second, Michelle Suddeth rifled a two-run double to right center, scoring Emily Carter and catcher Makenzie Suddeth, giving the Cards a 5-2 lead.

Chapman plated a pair of runs in the top of the third, one on a double; the other on an infield groundout.

Landrum’s softball team begins state AA playoffs at home this Thursday against Brashier Middle College (High School). Game time is set for 6 p.m.