The Salisbury Lady Panthers are on top again. They held off a big Cairo rally in winning the Class 1 District 4 championship 8-7 Tuesday night. Salisbury entered the bottom of the fifth leading 8-1 before the Lady Cats cut into the deficit with three runs. Cairo added two more in the sixth and Avery Brumley stepped to the plate with two outs and the tying run on second…
Austin Ward with the call on 99.9 The Captain and centralmoinfo.com. After holding Salisbury scoreless for a third straight frame, an RBI single by Jaycee David with two outs pulled Cairo within one. Senior Jersey Bailey walked in her final at-bat to bring up Chloe Brumley, who grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Both teams scored a single run in the first. Taylor Nolke broke the tie in the second.
That was part of a three-run inning. The Lady Panthers then added four in the fourth. Coach Nate King said the hot start proved pivotal.
Julia Sloan drove in three runs. Tori Ricketts had three hits. Cairo coach Jennifer Matthews assessed the early stages of the game.
Olivia Cross was pulled from the circle after allowing four straight hits to start the fourth. She was charged with seven runs and eight hits over her three innings of work. Freshman Jaycee David allowed just one run in pitching the final four innings.
Offensively, Cross went 4-for-4 with three RBI. David along with Jersey Bailey and Chloe Brumley had two hits. The Lady Cats conclude the year at 22-6. Salisbury secures its ninth district championship in ten years.
The 17-9 Lady Panthers play their quarterfinal Saturday at Jamestown.
Salisbury coach Nate King:
Cairo coach Jennifer Matthews: