Neville weathers Beekman's valiant comeback bid

MONROE — Neville jumped out to a 10-2 fourth inning lead and weathered a valiant Beekman comeback bid for an 11-10 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Kateland Fulmer led off the game with a base hit, stole second and eventually scored on a passed ball to give Beekman a 1-0 edge.

Neville responded emphatically with five in the first and three in the second.

RBI doubles by Emma Semmes and Madalyn Jones and run-producing singles by Mackenzie Donaldson and Madison Donaldson staked the Neville Lady Tigers to a 5-1 advantage.

Back-to-back singles by Caroline Hebert and Anna Grace Hansen and a walk by Semmes loaded the bases with nobody out in the second. An infield fly later, Lela Hansen roped a three-run double to right-center to make it 8-1.

Falon Brown singled home Kasadee Armfield, who doubled, in the fourth to bring Beekman within 8-2.

Neville widened the gulf to 10-2 with a deuce in its half of the fourth.

Anna Grace Hansen led off with an infield hit and circled the bases on Semmes' triple to right. Semmes later tallied on a passed ball.

Beekman crept within 10-4 in the fifth when Cadence Gray walked, Alyssa Culbreath reached via error and Fulmer followed with an RBI groundout.

Anna Grace Hansen's two-out double drove in Jones, aboard on an error, to up the margin to 11-4 at the end of five.

As it turned out, the game was far from over.

Tanner Spigner walked and Madison Lozano doubled to start the Beekman sixth. With still nobody out, Alexis Crumley singled Spigner across and Lozano dashed home on a passed ball to trim the deficit to 11-6.

Continuing to battle, the BCS Lady Tigers clawed within 11-8 when Gracie Wooden led off the seventh with a base hit and Armfield unloaded a two-run home run to straight-away center field.

Keeping the carousel spinning, Spigner walked and Lozano singled to bring the tying run to the plate with still only one out. Crumley then drew a free pass to load the bases. Spigner scored on a passed ball and Lozano touched home on Gray's RBI groundout as the deficit shrank to 11-10 with the tying tally at third and two outs. However, Neville was able to get out of the inning with a popup back to the circle.

Neville (8-9) out-hit the visiting Lady Tigers 12-11. Anna Grace Hansen went 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored to pace Neville at the plate. Semmes tripled, doubled and scored three times, Lela Hansen crashed a pair of doubles, Madalyn Jones doubled and Hebert, Mackenzie Donaldson and Madison Donaldson singled.

Hitting for Beekman were Armfield with a homer, double and single, Wooden, Lozano and Crumley with a double and a single each, and Fulmer and Brown with base hits.

Beekman returns to the diamond Wednesday for a 5 p.m. home encounter with Shreveport Southwood.