YER OUT: Madison third baseman Brooklyn Smith applies the tag on South Ripley baserunner Emily Cumberworth (above) to thwart Cumberworth’s stolen base attempt during the Cubs’ season opener Friday at Lady Cub Field. Bri Tingle (below) went 3-for-4 with five RBIs including a fifth-inning grand slam, to highlight the Cubs’ 12-7 win. These pictures and more can be be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
YER OUT: Madison third baseman Brooklyn Smith applies the tag on South Ripley baserunner Emily Cumberworth (above) to thwart Cumberworth’s stolen base attempt during the Cubs’ season opener Friday at Lady Cub Field. Bri Tingle (below) went 3-for-4 with five RBIs including a fifth-inning grand slam, to highlight the Cubs’ 12-7 win. These pictures and more can be be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Bri Tingle capped a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam home run and drove in five runs total to lift Madison to a 12-7 win over South Ripley at home on Friday in the Lady Cubs' softball season opener.

Tingle hit the second pitch she saw well over the right centerfield wall with the bases loaded to break a 7-7 tie and finally give Madison the breathing room it needed. She was 3-for-4 overall at the plate and even picked up the win with an inning of relief work.

"Bri struggled with the bat last year. She knows it," Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "We had a talk before the season about working on her offense and she has worked hard. That was obviously a huge hit."

Madison (1-0) appeared to have the game well in control after scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Tingle and LeAnn Fox both had RBI singles in an inning that featured two South Ripley errors.

The Raiders (1-1) came right back and scored six runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead 7-5, an inning that forced Fox from the circle. Tingle came on in relief and immediately gave up a two-run triple to Sarah Boykin. Boykin then scored on an error.

But Madison never blinked. Annelise Hackney led off the bottom of the fifth by reaching on an infield single and Mallory Wiseman followed with a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by the Raiders.

Alexis Wolf plated a run with a double and one out later, Kaitlin Rice reached on a bunt single that loaded the bases. Bree Barnes walked to force in a run and Tingle followed with her blast to right.

Madison added its final run in the sixth when Wolf reached on an error and scored on Barnes' two-out hit to right.

"It was nice to see the girls come right back," Ralston said. "They didn't get down on themselves after giving up that big inning and came back out hitting."

Wolf replaced Tingle in the circle and kept South Ripley at check over the final two innings. She sat down the side in order in the sixth before pitching out of trouble in the seventh without allowing a run.

Tingle's one inning of work was enough to give her the pitching win. She allowed one unearned run on one hit without a strikeout or a walk. Fox gave up six earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two hit batters. Wolf gave up just a hit in her two innings of work.

Tingle's 3-for-4 day at the plate led Madison's 11-hit attack. Fox had a single, a double and scored a run and Hackney had two hits and an RBI. Jennie Wilson added a hit and Barnes had two RBIs.

Boyken went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored while Emily Cumberworth had two hits for South Ripley.

Allie Sexton suffered the loss for South Ripley after giving up 12 runs on 11 hits in five and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts and four walks. But only four of the runs scored against Sexton were earned thanks to six Raider errors.

Madison returns to action today when it travels to Silver Creek. Ralston is eager to get the season going after the Cubs were forced to wait almost two weeks before getting on the field.

"It was a typical opener. The girls made some mental mistakes at times but I also thought they made some really nice plays," Ralston said. "We've had three games rained out already and it will be nice to get out and play some games. Are we in mid-season form yet? Obviously not. But this was a good start."