The Daleville Lady Hawks (2-16) put a mark in the win column for the first time this season on Tuesday, April 23, with an exciting 11-8 win over Pike County on the road before earning another win on April 25.
The first win snapped a 19-game losing streak that dates all the way back to April of 2018 and gives Daleville some much-needed confidence heading into the post season.
Daleville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when catcher Jamie Peters drove in Alyssa Straw for a run on a fly ball.
Then, the Lady Hawks faced something they have all season as Pike County exploded to score five runs in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead, but instead of allowing things to spiral from there, Daleville rallied instead.
Peters managed to steal home in the top of the third inning followed by Kinley Sykes scoring on a line-drive single from Nevaeh Pettway to cut the Pike County lead to 5-3.
In the bottom of the third Pike County scored another run to extend its lead to 6-3, but the Lady Hawks went right back to work in the fourth inning.
Straw drove in Haley Jones with an RBI single and then Peters blasted an inside-the-park homerun into left field driving home both Teconna White and Straw to give the Lady Hawks a 7-6 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Pike County tied things up 7-7 and both teams went scoreless in the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth inning Peters drove in Joycelyn Tinker on an RBI single to give Daleville a 8-7 lead, followed by Sykes driving Straw home on an RBI double into center field.
Krishauna Jackson then drove Sykes in for another run on a grounder to extend the Lady Hawk lead to 10-7.
Finally, White drove in Jones with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 11-7. Pike County managed a final run in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get any closer than that.
The Lady Hawks had one of their best days at the plate in the win with 12 hits. White led the way going 3-for-3 with a run.
Peters went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, a homerun and two runs, while Sykes went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Peters was also walked once.
Straw, Jackson, Pettway and Jones each had one hit. Straw was also walked twice.
Sykes and Jones scored two runs each and Tinker scored one run.
Alyssa Harris pitched all seven innings and struck out three batters while also giving up eight runs on just four hits.
The Lady Hawks didn’t stop their winning ways either, absolutely dominating Houston County 15-3 on the road on April 25 to close out the regular season on a high note.
Daleville fell behind 2-0 again after Houston County scored one run in both the first and second innings.
Daleville then rebounded with a run of its own when Sykes managed to steal home in the top of the third inning to cut the lead to 2-1.
Houston County scored another run in the bottom of the third to extend its lead to 3-1, but Daleville answered by taking control in the third inning with three more runs.
Alana Gordon started off the scoring by driving Jones home on a groundout and then Harris scored a run by stealing home to tie the game up 3-3. Straw then stole home to give Daleville its first lead of the game 4-3.
The fifth inning was even bigger for Daleville as the Lady Hawks scored an eye-popping 11 runs, which was by far the biggest single inning of the season for Daleville.
Pettway kicked things off by blasting a two-run homerun into left field that also drove Sykes home to extend the Lady Hawk lead to 6-3.
Straw then sent a fly ball into center field driving Jones, Harris and Gordon all home to extend the lead to 9-3 before stealing home herself to take a 10-3 lead for the Lady Hawks.
Jackson then drilled a ground ball into right field sending Peters home to extend the lead to 11-3. Sykes then scored on an error by Houston County’s third baseman.
Jones drove Jackson home with a groundball RBI and then Pettway stole home before White drove Jones home with a ground ball RBI to give Daleville a 15-3 lead.
The Lady Hawks then earned three outs in just four batters in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game there.
Daleville strung together 12 hits as a team with Sykes leading the way going 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs.
Jones went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs and Harris went 2-for-3 with two runs.
White, Gordon, White, Pettway, Jackson and Straw each had one hit.
Pettway scored two runs in the win with Peters, Jackson and Gordon each scoring one run. Pettway also had a homerun and two RBIs and Straw had four RBIs.
Stolen bases were big for Daleville in the win, too. Straw, Harris and Sykes each had three stolen bases, while Pettway and Jones stole two each. Jackson and Peters had one stole base each.
Harris also had her biggest day in the circle pitching all five innings and striking out five batters, while giving up just three hits and three runs. Harris threw 54 strikes out of her 84 total pitches.