OLNEY - Katie Poe's three-run home run in the seventh inning gave Cumberland its first lead over Olney Wednesday afternoon. The freshman's home run put the Pirates up 7-5 in the seventh, and while Olney threatened in the seventh, the homer would be enough to push Cumberland to a 7-6 win. Poe stepped up down one with one out and put the Pirates up with a home that cleared the left field fence. "She was really dialed in, her teammates were with her 100 percent," said Cumberland coach Marnie Blade. "She was able to build her confidence and was able to find the right pitch."Olney strung together three hits in its first four batters in the seventh, scoring on an RBI single to right by Madison Weems off pitcher Kaylee Carlen. But Carlen forced a groundout by leadoff hitter Peyton Stuck, and got Madison Doan to pop it straight up to catcher Audrey Casey. Even the final out wasn't without drama, as both Carlen and Casey convened on the ball and ran into each other on the catch attempt. But Casey came down with it, ending the game. Carlen pitched the final four innings in relief of Jasie McMechan and got the win in relief, allowing two unearned runs. "Kaylee's been working really hard on three or four of her pitches, and she really nailed it with her positive attitude," Blade said. "I couldn't be more pleased."Olney got out on top early, scoring two in the first on a Rachel Wisner home run. They'd add another in the second, when Weems scored after an error by second baseman Jordan Plummer. The Pirates came back in the fourth however, with a two-out rally. Poe singled to left and Taylor Layton walked to lead off the inning. Olney got the next two batters out. Carlen singled to load the bases with two outs, Micah Siebert drove in a run with a single up the middle and Plummer blooped a single down the right field line to score two more, tying the game at 3-3. The Tigers immediately responded with two in the bottom of the fourth, aided by two errors by the Pirates. Olney looked to have scored another run on a sacrifice fly, but the runner left third early and was ruled out.Down 5-3, the Pirates kept battling off Olney starter Elizabeth Walker, using the momentum from the fourth-inning rally. Casey led off with a double, advanced to third on a bunt, and courtesy runner Mariah Huddlestun scored on a Carlen groundout where Casey beat the throw to the plate. "We have been in a pretty bad slump for the last four games," Blade said. "We've been working on two things we can control: attitude and effort. At the plate, much improved, making improvements every day."Poe was 3-for-4 with the home run and three RBIs, Casey was 1-for-3 with a double and Siebert was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Cumberland improves to 7-5 on the season and 5-1 in the LIC, second in the conference. The Pirates are at Teutopolis Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Cumberland 000 301 3 7 10Olney 210 200 0 6 13WP - Carlen LP - Walker
Cumberland: Poe (3-4, HR, 3 RBI); Siebert (2-3, RBI); Casey (1-3, 2B); Carlen (2-3, RBI); Plummer (1-3, 2 RBI)