Glenelg’s undefeated season and playoff run came to a screeching halt Tuesday in the 2A South region quarterfinals against Lackey.
The visiting Chargers took until the fifth inning to get themselves on the scoreboard, but once they did they kept their foot on the accelerator. Trailing by one, Lackey scored three runs in the top of the fifth and then added a run apiece in each of the next two innings to provide the cushion it needed to pull out a 5-3 victory over the top-seeded Gladiators.
Glenelg (20-1), which was crowned as Howard County champions for the second straight year this spring, tried to muster a late comeback — getting a two-run home run from Mandy Bendix in the sixth — but didn’t have enough to battle all the way back.
Bendix actually ended up accounting for all three of Glenelg’s runs on the afternoon. It was her solo home run in the fourth inning that temporarily put the Gladiators ahead, 1-0.
But Lackey, which got standout offensive days from Melody Gibbons (3-4, HR, 2 RBI, run) and Savannah Tarbell (2-2, double, RBI), came alive in the fifth against Glenelg starting pitcher Colleen Regan.
Regan had pitched a shutout through the first four frames, striking out two, but allowed all three Charger runs in the fifth. Bendix ended up coming in to relieve her in the circle for the final two innings, but Lackey stayed hot and added the two runs it needed to put the game away.
“(We) did not go down with a fight, but at the end of the day the first defeat of the season was a bitter end to a successful regular season,” Glenelg coach Ray Gerstner said.
In addition to Bendix, Faith Kujawa also had a solid day at the plate with a double for Glenelg.
Lackey 5, Glenelg 3
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