CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team hosted its 12th annual Blue-Gold Game Saturday in front of a home crowd on a beautiful fall day at Frost Stadium.
The Blue Team topped the Gold Team 5-4 in seven innings, taking the matchup in the bottom on a walk-off single from junior third baseman Tyler Templet (Woodstock, Ga.) in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"It was a fun game," Head Coach Frank Reed said. "We got to see a lot of things from kids in different situations that we may not have seen if we didn't have this type of game. I was glad everybody got a chance to play today, and there were no losers in this game."
Sophomore Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) went the distance for the Blue Team in the circle, allowing 10 hits to her opposing teammates. Freshmen Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) split time in the circle for the Gold Team. Deason earned the win for the Blue Team and Carson was handed the loss for the Gold Team.
Offensively, freshman Anyssa Robles (Hoschton, Ga.) saw the ball well at the plate for the Gold Team. The catcher blasted a solo homerun to lead off the fourth inning to put the Gold Team on the board and sent a double to the right-center field fence in the sixth inning.
After tying the game at four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep the Blue Team alive, Templet delivered with a hard line-drive single through the right side to drive in the game's winning run.
Going into Saturday's inter-squad matchup, the coaching staff expected a pitcher-dominant game, but a slight changeup in the game-plan allowed for a level playing field for both the offenses and the defenses.
"We let the catchers call their own pitches," Reed said. "The catchers know the hitters, but they don't know the batters as well as the coaches do. I think that evened it out a little bit, but I thought we saw some great combinations from our pitcher-catcher crews. I felt like it made for a well-rounded and fun game to watch."
"Stephanie Rieck had a great hit today, Courtney Ervin (Seymour, Tenn.) laid down a really nice bunt while the corners were back and Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) had a great defensive play," Reed said.
After the game, the fans in attendance enjoyed a free cookout presented by the Lady Mocs RBI Club.
The Lady Mocs now go back to practice to prepare the upcoming 2013 spring season. Check back with GoMocs at a later date for the release of the 2013 schedule.