By Kamarri Darrington
Dadeville’s Timirian Tinsley doesn’t feel any pain anymore.
Tinsley separated her shoulder in the first game of the season. In her second game back, Tinsley came up big.
Tinsley hit a two-run single — her fourth hit of the game — which capped off a 12-11 comeback win for Dadeville over Elmore County on Tuesday.
The Tigers (7-12) wore gray uniforms with green lettering and ribbon to honor the death of Beau McCary, who lost his bout with cancer back in October. There was a green ribbon behind the circle as well.
Dadeville scored 10 of its runs in the final three innings after trailing 8-2 after the first three. Isis Johnson started the hitting in the seventh with a single to center field. Cali Jones reached on a fielder’s choice then Zoe Veres reached on an error.
After Veres stole second to put the winning run in scoring position, Tinsley’s single to right field brought in the game-winning runs and set off the celebration. Just be careful with the shoulder.
“I didn’t play well in my first game back,” Tinsley said. “It was really hard rehabbing because I couldn’t get wait to get back out there. I was just happy to come out here and win that last at-bat. Seeing my teammates come out towards me means the world.”
Dadeville coach Jordan McGuire couldn’t help but fight off a few tears after watching her squad complete the comeback after giving up two runs in the top half of the last frame.
“I knew that we had the bats,” McGuire said. “Those weren’t errors (Elmore County) made. We made great hits and Timirian came through in a big way. It’s great to get that win for Beau. I think he helped us a lot.”
Brittany Claybrook, who went 3-for-4, hit an RBI double to tie the game at 9-9 in the fifth. Makya Johnson pitched a complete game for Dadeville.
Elmore County (9-7) held leads of 8-2, 9-5 and 11-9 before falling. Ebone Pearson, who also had a two-run homer earlier in the game, knocked in the go-ahead runs on a two-run double with two out in the seventh.
Madison Britt went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Pearson reached base five times and drove in four runs. Maci Curlee pitched 6 2/3 innings for Elmore County. Of the eight total errors in the game, the Panthers committed five.
“We’ve been swinging the bats very well lately,” Panthers coach Kim Moncrief said. “Hopefully, we learned to finish the game and never give up on an inning. We made a lot of defensive errors and we have to clean that up. I’m proud of how we fought, but we’ve got to finish.”
During a tournament in Wetumpka last month, Elmore County earned a run-rule victory over Dadeville. Tuesday, the teams combined to score 23 runs off 23 hits with eight errors.
Elmore County hosts Horseshoe Bend while Dadeville travels to Randolph County on Thursday.