The Starkville Christian School Lady Cougars have the reputation of having big offensive innings late in softball games this season.
When games are tied or close, the Lady Cougars know wins are within grasp with the ability to score runs in bunches.
Starkville Christian took advantage of that situation on Friday afternoon against Grace Christian.
In the fourth inning, the Lady Cougars broke a 4-4 tie with a five-run frame and went on to a 9-4 victory on Kayln F. Kurtz Memorial Field at the Starkville Sportsplex.
"They are stepping up to the plate and ready to hit the ball," Starkville Christian softball coach Greg Carlisle said. "We played this team close already once this year and the girls knew that if we come out, hit the ball, stay ahead and persevere a little bit, we could eventually work it out and have our big inning.
"Our big innings come a little late in the game. We hung in (Friday), played solid defense and hit the ball well. I'm proud of them."
The Lady Cougars sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth and used four hits to score their five runs. April Burkis had a two-run triple and Beka Bisson drove in another run with a single. Christina Gilliland also had an extra base hit with a double in the frame, while Evey Lowimore added an infield single.
Grace Christian scored the first two runs of the outing in the first inning, but Starkville Christian tied it in its half of the frame.
The Lady Cougars took a 4-2 lead in the second on four hits. Rikki Williams and Kayla Williamson each drove in a run with singles.
Even though Grace Christian tied the game once again with a pair of runs in the third, it never was able to regain the lead.
Burkis had the only multiple hit game with her triple and a single for Starkville Christian, which improved to 2-3-1 with two-straight wins this week.
"They've improved a lot this week," Carlisle said. "We've got a whole week off before we play another home game against Calvary."
The Lady Cougars take on Calvary Christian on April 23 at Starkville Sportsplex.
As the season nears it conclusion, Carlisle expressed appreciation to coach Cathy Bowles for her help.
"Cathy Bowles has been a huge support and blessing for us," Carlisle said. "There have been a couple of games I haven't even been able to make and she has taken over. She's been coaching the junior varsity girls and working with them. The girls really respect her and she has been a huge help."