Proctor leads Lincoln past Munford 4-1
by LAVONTE YOUNG
Apr 24, 2013 | 1118 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LINCOLN- Heather Proctor struck out nine batters in Lincoln’s 4-1 win over rival and area foe Munford on Senior Night on Tuesday.

“It always feels good to beat Munford,” Lincoln head coach Jessica Dorough said. “It especially feels good to beat Munford on Senior Night. The first came out with good attitudes, they all worked together and that is what ended in a win. I think Heather pitched phenomenal tonight. Brady (Decker) is awesome behind the plate. We had some other seniors that stepped up tonight. Shala Carmichael had a hit. Several stepped up that haven’t been and that is what I like the most.”

Lincoln took a 4-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning. Munford battled back and gave them a chance to win the game. With two runners on and two out, an error on the third baseman loaded the bases. Kelly Foster represented the game-winning run at the plate. Proctor was able to strike out Foster swinging to end the game.

“It was awesome,” Dorough said. “It shows why she is going to college to be a pitcher and play other position. She is an all around good ball player. I knew she could do it. There wasn’t a better person that could have done that and held on to it like that. She did a really good job tonight and I was really proud of her.”

Proctor said getting a win like this on Senior Night against rival Munford made that moment feel even better.

“That was great,” Proctor said. “That is probably the best feeling. To have the bases loaded and striking them out is the best feeling.”

The moment gave Proctor mixed feelings, because this may be her last home game of her career. Lincoln is currently second in the area behind Cleburne County. The two teams will play each other Friday for the area title.

“I am proud of my team for winning on Senior Night,” Proctor said. “They pulled together for us and they did it. This is our last home game. It is kind of bittersweet.

Lincoln was able to jump out to a 2-1 lead into the first inning. Bry Parcus hit a single that scored Kierra Groce and Destini Dye to give the Lady Golden Bears a 2-1 lead.

Lincoln was able to increase their lead in the third inning. Parcus hit an infield single to start the inning. She would advance to second on a pass ball. An error on the third baseman allowed Parcus to score from third base to make it 3-1.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ashley Joyce scored on a passed ball to give the Lady Golden Bears a 4-1 lead.

Munford head coach Darrell Smith was disappointed that his team didn’t play better against their rival Lincoln.

“We came in here on a little streak,” Smith said. “We would win three, then lose a couple. We thought we were hot, but their pitcher shut us down.”