On April 22, the Lady Rams went to Clayton, their rivals, to play the game that completely determines if they are going to the playoffs or not. Even though it was a hard fought game, the Lady Rams ended up losing 5-1.
Before the game even started, there was a problem with the Lady Rams players playing too many games in one week. Sage Farmer and Hannah Evans had played against SSS on Tuesday and in the JV Clayton game. Rules limit players to three games in a week and two in a day, but the Clayton coaches protested the rules, so the Lady Rams’ starting shortstop, Sage Farmer, and the starting center fielder, Hannah Evans, couldn’t play that night.
There were a couple of changes in the field, Zoey Jones on the mound and Taylor McQueen behind the plate. Iona Davis was at first, Ashlyn Faulkner at second, Lani Pennica at shortstop, Lacy Smothers at third, Kylie Gilmore in left, Sarah Prosser in center and Kassidy Mills in right. At the top of the first inning, Iona Davis came up to bat and hit a homerun into deep right field scoring the lone run for the Lady Rams.
It was a 1-0 game until the top of the fifth inning when there were multiple hits and bunts being laid down that the Rams could not make a play on, allowing the Lady Comets to score two runs. The Lady Rams could not hit the ball as well as they did against The Lady Comets a couple of weeks ago when the Lady Rams beat them 8-1.
At the bottom of the sixth inning, Kendall London got a base hit to start off the inning for the Lady Comets. Next, Emily Ross, a UNC Pembrooke commit, hit a two-run homerun for the Comets to make their lead 5-1.
At the top of the seventh, the Lady Rams had an opportunity to score another run with Kylie Gilmore on first with a walk. With 2 outs and Zoey Jones up to bat, she struck out looking to end the game.
The Lady Rams are now in the Wild Card with South Johnston to go to the playoff, and they will face the Lady Trojans on Thursday April 29, at 7pm to determine who is going to the playoffs.