Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs senior centerfielder Kameron Clark fields a fourth-inning hit.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs senior centerfielder Kameron Clark fields a fourth-inning hit.

RED BOILING SPRINGS - Kameron Clark is only in her second season of playing softball.

The learning curve has been a steep one.

However, the Red Boiling Springs senior passed a couple of tests with flying colors on Thursday evening, helping the Lady Bulldogs snap a 20-game losing streak to visiting Gordonsville with a 5-3 victory.

"We have a lot of respect (for Gordonsville)," Clark said. "They beat us so much in the past. This win was so good for us. It feels so great."

It was the first win for RBS over the Tigerettes in head coach Stacey Mims' seven seasons at the helm of the program. The last Lady Bulldog win over Gordonsville was a 1-0 victory on May 4, 2010.

The Tigerettes have won five of the last six district tournament titles and reached the state tournament in both 2013 and 2014, winning the Class A state title in 2014.

"I'm pretty happy," Mims said. "We didn't give up. We didn't allow the name Gordonsville on their chest to stop us from working. We played all seven innings. We didn't quit. We made some big outs when we needed them."

Clark factored in significantly in the first inning and again in the seventh.

The Lady Bulldogs built a 5-0 lead, but the Tigerettes gradually closed the gap, scoring a run in the top of the seventh to pull to within two runs.

"I have never been more nervous than in that game in my entire life," Clark said.

With a runner at third base and two outs, Gordonsville second baseman Audrey McClanahan hit a line drive into centerfield. Clark - the centerfielder - backpedaled and made a leaping stab of the ball as she fell on to her backside to end the contest.

"At first, I knew I had to go back," Clark said. "I thought I was going to miscorrect. I just put my glove up at the right time.

"I would do anything to catch that … I fell on the ground for it. If I didn't catch it, I was going to go 10 feet under."

Mims added, "For a second, I was thinking, 'I knew I shouldn't have called that pitch.' Then, she caught it. Then, I was thinking, 'I'm glad I called that pitch, because it was right to her.' It was a really big play, probably the biggest play she's ever made. It worked out for me. It worked out for Jasmine (Pruitte, the RBS pitcher). It worked out for Kam. It worked out for everybody."

Lady Bulldog junior Traley Dillard singled to lead off the bottom of the first, and she scored when Allison Deckard's single was mishandled in the outfield.

With runners at second and third base and one out, Pruitte was intentionally walked, bringing Clark to the plate. Clark came through with a first-pitch single through the left side of the infield, driving in Deckard and fellow senior Maribel Mireles.

"They did us a favor," Mims said. "They didn't expect Kam to do anything, but Kam got a big hit. Tonight was Kam's night."

Pruitte scored the fourth run of the inning when senior Chloe Kramer reached thanks to a throwing error.

Then, Deckard led off the third inning with a double down the leftfield line and successfully raced home on a delayed steal to create the five-run margin.

Each team had five hits, with Deckard providing two of those.

Gordonsville scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, setting the stage for the seventh-inning rally.

Pruitte picked up the complete-game victory, allowing two earned runs. The right-hander struck out seven hitters and did not issue a base on balls.

RBS committed just one error.

"That's the best game we've played in a while," Mims said. "Now, since they've beaten Gordonsville for the first time in seven years since I've been coaching here, now they know that's possible. They're not going to have the doubt."

Both teams were unbeaten in District 6-A play entering the contest.

The Lady Bulldogs finished as the 6-A regular-season and tournament runner-up to Gordonsville last season.

"Our goal is to win this year," Clark said. "This game shows we can. We want to win the district tournament and hopefully go to regions again and go farther."

• RBS suffered a 15-4, six-inning loss at Monroe County (Kentucky) on Friday evening.

The Lady Bulldogs led 4-3 before the Lady Falcons erupted for 12 runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the contest due to the 10-run, mercy rule after five innings of play.

Clark singled in Deckard in the fourth.

Clark had two of her squad's five hits.

Mireles doubled to lead off the sixth and scored on sophomore Reyna Ruiz's single. Ruiz scored on Deckard's two-run home run, giving her squad a one-run lead.

Monroe County only produced four hits during the sixth-inning rally.

· RBS fell victim to a late rally on Monday evening, suffering an 11-10 loss at Jackson County.

The Lady Devils scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh, with a two-out single driving in the tying and winning runs.

Jackson County scored two runs in the first inning and three more in the fifth.

The Lady Bulldogs built a 10-2 lead.

Errors and walks helped Dillard, Ruiz and Deckard to score in the first inning.

Freshman Nautica Goolsby singled in Deckard in the third, and Deckard and Ruiz drove in runs in the four-run fourth. Deckard, Dillard, Mireles and Pruitte all crossed the plate in the frame.

Sophomore Emily Birdwell led off the fifth inning with a double and scored, and Dillard also scored in the frame to create the eight-run margin.

Mireles had two of her squad's nine hits.

RBS fell to 6-5 overall and to 4-1 in District 6-A play.