By Matt Hill
The Lady Vols had to hold off a valiant effort from the Yankees Thursday night, but were able to do so and pulled off a win.
The Lady Vols went ahead 8-0 early and went on to win 12-7 in Major Little League softball action at Ralph Stout Park.
It turned out to be a pitchers duel between the Lady Vols Kalli Sluder and the Yankees Madison South and Bailey Spencer.
There were some very timely hits though and the Lady Vols jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first inning propelled by Anna Reece and her two RBI double.
In the second, five Lady Vols runs scored to bring the game to 8-0.
After that, the Yankees made a great comeback.
We went two innings after the second where we went three up three down and in this league if you dont score runs every inning youre usually not going to win the ball game, Lady Vols head coach Craig Sluder said. Were very fortunate tonight.
They had their two guns out and they were throwing strikes. We finally got the second pitcher timed and we moved up in the batters box and were able to score a few more runs.
The Yankees used two big hits from Bailey Spencer in the third and fourth innings, including an inside the park homerun in the fourth to bring cut the Lady Vols lead to 8-7.
The rally didnt hold up as the Lady Vols went on to win, but the Yankees showed just how far theyve come.
The Yankees are an expansion team in its second year of existence that didnt win a game last year. They are now sitting around .500.
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