Pulaski’s 6-4 win over visiting McCreary Central may have not been the team’s best performance, but the Lady Maroons are a perfect 2-0 on the season.

“We didn’t hit the ball well tonight and it was an ugly win” Pulaski coach Scott Taylor said. “But it was a win and we are now 2-0, so you can’t argue with that.”

Pulaski wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they picked up two early runs in their first at-bats.

Jessica Randolph doubled through the infield to score Sarah Wilson from second base. Miranda Begley doubled down the third base line to score Courtney Black, who was a courtesy runner for Randolph.

The Lady Raiders tied the game in the top of the third inning when Tara Tucker hit a two-run ‘in-the-park’ homer down the left field line. McCreary’s Chelsea Terry scored from first base and Tucker scampered into home, as well.

Pulaski stormed back in their half of the third inning when Randolph singled to left field to drive in Mackenzie Tilley. Miranda Begley singled down the third base line to score Chelsey Jordan and Black, who were courtesy runners for Randolph and pitcher Cassandra Foster, respectively.

The Lady Maroons added an insurance run in the fourth inning off a Tilley single through the infield to drive home Kristen Dowell.

With a 6-2 lead going into the sixth inning, the Lady Maroons found themselves in some trouble.

Pulaski pitcher, Cassandra Foster had only given up one hit in her first five innings pitched, but she started the sixth inning giving up a single and two walks with no outs. McCreary’s Vanover hit an infield single to score Garra Kidd from third base. But a fielder choice by McCreary’s Morrow drove in Cari Cassida to cut the Lady Maroons' lead to 6-4. Pulaski escaped further disaster on a force out at home and a strikeout to end the inning.

McCreary threatened again when Tucker reached second base to lead thetop of the seventh inning off, but a pop out and two ground outs by the Pulaski infielders secured the Lady Maroons’ second win of the young season.

“We still have to make some minor adjustments with our defense and we still are trying to find out what works the best for us right now. After all, this is only the second game of the season,” Taylor said. “The positive attitude is there and this is a great group of girls. We have to keep on working hard and make adjustments.”

“Tonight, this group found a way to win,” Taylor added.

A big part of their winning success was the hot bats of Randolph, Begley and Tilley. Randolph hit 3-for-3 and had two RBI’s, Begley hit 3-for-3 and had three RBI’s, and Tilley hit 2-for-4 and scored a run.

Foster picked up the win on the mound by pitching all seven innings giving up only three hits and striking out six Lady Raider batters.

“We have played two games thus far with two opposing pitchers pitching at two different speeds,” Taylor commented. “We didn’t quite adjust and our timing was off, which hurt our hitting.”

The Lady Maroons will be back in action today and Saturday, April 1, when they compete in the Boyle County Invitational.

MC 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 — 4 3 0

PC 2 0 3 1 0 0 x — 6 11 2

2B — Tilley, Wilson, Randolph, Begley. RBI — Begley 3, Randolph 2, Tilley. WP — Foster (1-0). LP — Vanover.

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