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Brookhaven rallies to defeat North Pike

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Cheyenne Motley collects the win Thursday night against the North Pike Lady Jaguars.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Cheyenne Motley collects the win Thursday night against the North Pike Lady Jaguars.

The Brookhaven Lady Panthers celebrated “Teacher Appreciation Night” Thursday with a 4-1 win over the North Pike Lady Jaguars at the Ole Brook softball complex.

“This was a big win for us tonight,” said BHS coach Mandy Vinson. “The girls did a great job fighting back after trailing 1-0 in the first three innings of action. Macy Ziskin had a great defensive game for us at shortstop. Overall, I was very pleased with my girls’ efforts both offensively and defensively.”

The Lady Panthers (16-6, 6-0) will return to action Tuesday as they host the Murrah Lady Mustangs for a varsity doubleheader. Action begins at 5 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars (5-8, 2-2) will be in action Saturday as they host Warren Central for a varsity double header.

Brookhaven 4, North Pike 1 

The Lady Panthers and the Lady Jags battled in a scoreless contest until the top of the second, when North Pike plated one run to take the lead.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven first baseman Katherine Shell secures an out at first base just before North Pike's runner Baylee Bryant (21) could reach Thursday night.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven first baseman Katherine Shell secures an out at first base just before North Pike’s runner Baylee Bryant (21) could reach Thursday night.

After a scoreless third inning, the Lady Panthers battled back to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brookhaven continued its hot hitting streak and scored three runs to take the lead at 4-1 and held North Pike scoreless throughout the rest of the contest to secure the win.

Cheyenne Motley was the winning pitcher for the Lady Panthers with no strikeouts and no walks.

Whitney Howell absorbed the setback on the mound for the Lady Jaguars with no strikeouts and four walks.

Jada Henderson and Fallon Brooks powered Brookhaven’s offense with two singles each. Katherine Shell contributed a double and Motley hit a single.

Janay Maxwell was the top hitter at the plate for North Pike with two singles. Skye James, Janiah Talbert, Mary Kate Bates and Howell hit safely.

“We got to learn to fight throughout the whole game if we expect to win ball games in slowpitch softball and my girls did not,” said North Pike coach Sonya Wallace. “Brookhaven’s girls wanted it more and they fought back to get the win.”

In junior varsity action,  the Brookhaven Lady Panthers plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to beat the North Pike Lady Jaguars 7-4.

Kyle Henderson earned the win on the mound for Brookhaven with no strikeouts and one walk.

Sharquita Cook directed the Lady Panthers at the plate with a double. Meg Foster, Ce’Aire Henderson and Lydia Butler provided a single each.

Ariel Johnson paced the Lady Jaguars’ offense with two singles. Brianna Rimes contributed a double. Hitting safely were Meredith Bates, Tristen Tolar and Claire Simpson.