Budding sophomore standout Hope Ingle flashed her power along with a simple approach at the plate to help push Soddy-Daisy to a 13-9 softball victory over fierce District 5-AAA rival Ooltewah on Thursday.
Ingle sent a fastball well beyond the center-field fence for her eighth home run of the season in the fourth inning, and her two-run bloop single to left broke a tie in the bottom of the sixth.
After allowing six runs in the top half of the sixth to trail 7-4, the Lady Trojans plated nine runs, all with two outs.
"We knew Ooltewah would be tough," Ingle said. "We had to go up there and think base hit and the runs would come. Ever since I was little, we have learned hitting is contagious. Our bats caught fire and helped push us over the top late."
Cleanup hitter Javaria Smith began the heroics for Soddy-Daisy (18-7, 6-1) by lacing a two-run triple just past diving speedster Addy Keylon in center that rolled to the fence.
Lady Trojans sophomore leadoff hitter Courtney Sneed helped spark the breakthrough inning as well with two of her three hits, her last being a shot down the right-field line to drive in the 10th and 11th runs.
"One at a time our girls got the job done and didn't try to do anything too big," Soddy-Daisy coach Travis Hale said. "They went out there and fought. For Hope to go out there and not swing for the fences in her big at-bat after hitting a blast earlier was something I was very proud of. This was a big win."
With the past nine district championships belonging to one of the two rivals, both have displayed dangerous offenses this season.
Ooltewah averages 11.3 runs per game against league opponents, while Soddy-Daisy is averaging 10.9. The two teams combined for 22 hits and just as many runs in Thursday's game. The Lady Trojans won their first matchup this season 14-7.
Keylon slugged a home run in the third to tie the game at 1, but Jayde Baron's two-run double to right center in the bottom half of the inning gave Soddy-Daisy the lead back.
Jaycee Holt, Makala Strickland, Lexi Vogel and Keylon each drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Owls, who are 4-3 in district play.
Soddy-Daisy's Laci Mercer went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Baylie Davis picked up the pitching win in relief and scored twice.