In a softball game originally scheduled to be played in Ashland, then moved to Mechanicsville due to poor field conditions after a day of rain, two Top 3 teams and two Hanover County rivals collided just before Spring Break as Lee-Davis and Patrick Henry played a classic seven-inning affair.
Grayson Radcliffe had a career night at the plate, forcing Lee-Davis to intentionally walk her so that no more damage could be done. But Lee-Davis did some offensive damage of their own, using a big three-run fifth inning to take their first lead at 4-3. The teams traded runs, the Patriots scoring theirs in the top of the seventh to cut the margin to 5-4 with runners aboard.
The game ended, fittingly, on a base hit for the Patriots, followed by a bullet fired by Lee-Davis center fielder Heather Childress, cutting down what would have been the tying run at the plate to preserve the 5-4 victory.
Both teams ended with fantastic seasons, Lee-Davis making a second straight trip to the 5A State Tournament. But for a mid-season rivalry game that almost didn't happen, you'd be hard pressed to find a better played game than what we experienced on April 6th.
See the final play below!
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