Sprehe delivers in the clutch for the Lady Eagles

Published 8:34 am Monday, August 4, 2014

Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Callie Sprehe delivered the game-winning hit, helping the Lady Eagles top Wilkinson County Christian Academy, 7-6, at home Tuesday.

In a seesaw game, the Lady Eagles (2-1) trailed 6-5 as the contest moved to the bottom of the fifth, which was the final inning, because of the hour and a half time limit.

Celeste Crowe reached the final inning by getting hit. Chloe Barber was next and she singled to put runners on first-and-second.

That brought Sprehe to the plate and she came through in a huge way. Sprehe sent both runners home with a game-winning triple to give Ben’s Ford a 7-6 lead and the victory by that margin.

“She struggled in the beginning of the game with the bat,” Ben’s Ford coach Mark McGehee said. “She hit, but she just wasn’t hitting hard enough. That hit in the fifth inning gave her some encouragement.”

McGehee said this kind of win is encouraging.

The girls like playing, they like competing and when they get into a game like that, it only builds their character and confidence for future games,” McGehee said.

Sprehe was also the winning pitcher. She finished with six strikeouts and just one walk.

Also for Ben’s Ford Alexis Temples tallied a double.

Tuesday’s game went back-and-forth, as the lead changed hands several times.

Ben’s Ford led 1-0 after the first and it stayed that way until the third when Wilkinson scored a trio of runs to take a 3-1 advantage.

The Lady Eagles rebounded in the fourth with a four spot to go back in front, 5-3.

Wilkinson then put up three more in the top of the fifth and led by a slim one-run margin 6-5 after 4.5 innings, but Ben’s Ford was up to the task and tallied twice for the victory, highlighted by Sprehe’s game-winner.

The win came just one day after the Lady Eagles nearly came from behind by seven runs in a 13-9 loss to Prentiss Christian School where they left the bases loaded to end the game.

The Lady Eagles begin a three-game stretch, which takes them to Amite School Center Aug. 4, Bowling Green Aug. 5 and Centreville Aug. 11.

Ben’s Ford returns home for three games, hosting Bowling Green Aug. 12, Lamar Christian Aug. 19 and Amite School Center Aug. 25.