William Monroe softball drops Strasburg in extra innings

STRASBURG – William Monroe’s softball team staved off a come-from-behind rally by Strasburg on Tuesday for a 10-6 eight-inning Bull Run District victory.

The win was the streaking Dragons’ fourth straight and improved their overall record to 6-3, 3-1 in the league. The Rams dropped their second straight and fell to 4-5 overall, 1-3 in the district.

The home team trailed 6-1 when it exploded for five runs in the home half of the sixth to tie the game at 6-all. The visitors put up four runs in the top of the eighth.

Though the Rams put two baserunners on with two outs in their half of the eighth, William Monroe starter and winner Jess Ford held Strasburg scoreless to earn the victory.

Strasburg led 1-0 in the bottom of the third when Carey Scott (3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 3 runs batted in) singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on teammate Cortney McDonald’s RBI single.

William Monroe erased the Strasburg one-run lead when Mikala Thomas homered to straight-away center field in the fifth. Teammate Emma Pickett followed with a base hit and moved to second on an infield hit by Dragon Makayla Morris.

Pickett was put out, but Morris moved to third on a stolen base and came home on a fielder’s choice by Lexi Lam. Lam came home on a single by Lacy Beale for a 3-1 led

William Monroe added three more in the fifth.

Ford got on via error, moved to second on Alexis Wayland’s hit over shortstop and scored on a fielder’s choice by Thomas. Pickett tripled home Wayland and then scored on a single by Lam.

Strasburg then batted around in the sixth to tie the game.

Emily Alexander led off with a single and moved to second on Katie Smoot’s hit. Ashley Yanego walked and moved to second when Hannah Alexander was hit by a pitch. Yanego and Hannah Alexander scored on Scott’s bench-clearing triple.

William Monroe scored four runs on five hits in the top of the eighth. Beale’s triple to center field was the big hit of the game.

Maddie Foltz went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and pinch-hitter Kathy Bly slapped a triple to support Scott, who also relieved in the pitcher’s circle in the eighth.

Beale was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, Ford was 3-for-5, Wayland was 3-for-5, Pickett was 3-for-4 and Morris and Lam were 2-for-4 for the Dragons.