Jackson’s walk-off double sends Hokes Bluff past Glencoe


Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Sophia Jackson lines a two-out walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lady Eagles a 6-5 victory over Glencoe in high school softball on April 20 at Hokes Bluff. (Court4sy of Alex Chaney)

Sophia Jackson’s two-out walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Hokes Bluff a 6-5 victory over Glencoe on April 20 at Hokes Bluff.
Jackson’s clutch hit came after Glencoe rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead on Aubrie Maxwell’s RBI triple in the top of the seventh.
The Lady Eagles began their comeback in the bottom of the inning when Abby Payne was hit by a pitch. Glencoe pitcher Savannah Crump fanned the next two batters to bring the Lady Yellow Jackets within one out of a victory, but Makenna Bennich kept Hokes Bluff alive with a full-count walk.
That brought Jackson to the plate, who stroked a 0-1 offering in the centerfield gap to score Payne and Mary Davenport (who was courtesy running for Bennich) with the tying and winning run, respectively.
The Lady Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a full-count walk by Ava Dodd and a two-run double from Bennich. During the next inning, Kayla Traylor went yard on the first pitch of her at-bat to make it a four-run advantage.
Glencoe drew within 4-1 in the third when Hailey Hanners doubled home Abi Bunt, while Cayse Willett’s three-run dinger in the fourth tied the game.
For Hokes Bluff, Jackson went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Traylor went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
For Glencoe, Emma Hyfield went 2-for-3, Hanners went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Maxwell went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In seven innings, winning pitcher Rylee Hill scattered 11 hits and three walks with one strikeout. Cromp went 6.1 innings, allowing three hits and four walks while fanning four.

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