By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director
WHITE HOUSE – A big third inning sparked by hard hit balls off the bat led to five runs and an eventual season-opening win for White House Heritage over White House.
The Lady Devils battled back, including a bases loaded threat with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Kinsley Caruthers pitched a complete game and worked out of the jam to push the Lady Patriots to a 1-0 start in District 9-AA.
Caruthers allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts, but did not walk a batter. With two runs already across the plate in the sixth, she forced Hannah Crabtree to pop out to the catcher and end the rally. White House got one hit in the seventh with two outs but could not push across the tying runs.
The Lady Devils stranded eight runners.
Three pitchers took the circle for White House, with starter Mallory Gut (0-1) taking the loss. Working a great first two innings and pitching her way out of a two-on jam with a pair of strikeouts in the second, she ran into trouble in the third.
Staten Holmes smacked a hard line drive just above the ground to first, and Sydnee Frakes knocked it down moving away from the bag. But Frakes couldn’t make it to her feet and beat the runner, allowing the lead off batter of the third to reach. Then Caruthers sent one back to Gut, who made a brilliant swat that knocked off her glove, but the throw to first sailed over Frakes and both runners advanced to second and third. Carly Duke drove in two runs with a hit, then Kailey Gilreath added an RBI, and Hayden Duff put in two more.
Before the inning was over, Heritage tagged the Blue Devils for five runs to take the lead.
Gut officially pitched two innings and Frakes relieved for two. Gut allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Frakes allowed one run on four hits, plus an inherited runner that scored charged to the first pitcher. She did not strikeout or walk a batter.
Kate Tobin pitched three innings of one-hit ball and struck out two without a walk to close the game.
Tobin also got it started at the plate, smacking a powerful solo home run to lead off the fifth to make it 5-1, after Caruthers had retired seven in a row.
Kyra McCall reached on an error by the center fielder and then McKenzie Crabtree came in to run at second. But when Miranda Cain laced a hard grounder in between second and third – and would easily beat any play to first – Crabtree was the unfortunate recipient of wrong place at the wrong time. She broke on the hit and Alex Martin dove in the hole to make the stop and then threw her out sliding back into second. Had Crabtree attempted to go to third, the same play would have likely been made as she got caught halfway.
After a flyout to second, Kennedy Butterworth was hit by a pitch, putting two on with two out. Cain was called out for leaving early at second with two strikes on the batter.
White House threatened again in the sixth when Chloe Hart started the inning with a bunt, but Heritage catcher Gilreath made a fantastic play on the great bunt to throw her out. After a strikeout, Gut started a two out rally with a single, followed by the second single of the game by Kaylee Rogers. Tobin then doubled home one with her hit hugging the third base line, and McCall reached on a hit by pitch.
When the inning seemed over, Cain grounded to third but Julie Glodoski struggled with the play and the bases were still loaded with Rogers scoring, but Caruthers induced the pop up to end the inning with a 5-3 lead.
Frakes singled with two outs in the seventh.
Tobin was 2-3 with a home run, double and two RBIs, and Rogers had two of the team’s eight hits. Gut, Frakes, McCall and Cain had the other hits and Gut, Rogers and Tobin all scored.
Duke, Duff and Gilreath all had two hits each for the Lady Patriots.
White House is at Sycamore on Tuesday, and White House Heritage plays Cheatham County at home.