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Lady Devils pull out 2-1 squeaker over Raiders

The Mathews High School varsity softball team picked up a 2-1 victory last Thursday over the visiting Rappahannock Raiders.

Through five complete innings, both teams had scattered a few hits but were unable to manufacture a run. Mathews broke the scoreless pitching duel; however, in the top of the sixth inning. Savanna Wooten drew a one-out walk and two batters later, with two outs, Madison South took a 3-1 pitch over the center-field fence for a two-run home run.

Mathews would take that 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, needing three outs to secure the victory. But the Raiders did not go quietly in their last at-bat. Rappahannock led off the inning with a double, followed by a single. One pitch later, the runner advanced from first to second base and the Lady Devils quickly found themselves with the tying run at second with no outs. South threw seven pitches to the next batter which ended in a swinging strikeout for the first Raider out. The next batter took a 1-0 pitch down ...

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