2009-05-21 / Sports

Lady Eagles Err in Thorndale Loss

by Mike Organ

Jessica Parish slides into third after hitting a triple in the first game. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Jessica Parish slides into third after hitting a triple in the first game. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lexington Lady Eagles lost to Thorndale 7-6 in the second warm up game between the two district winners. Lexington erred their way to the loss, committing seven miscues with the glove or arm. Thorndale scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on one hit, three walks, and two crucial errors.

Lexington was the visiting team since both games were played in Lexington. The Lady Eagles opened up with two runs. Jessica Parish walked to open the game, Ally Abshire singled her to third, and a passed ball allowed Parish to score. Megan Scantlin delivered a two out single to plate Abshire with the second run. Thorndale countered with four runs in the bottom of the first. A walk, a single, another walk and an infield single got one run home. A fly ball that was poorly played dropped for a single and then was allowed to bound all the way to the fence to unload the bases and put the Lady Dogs ahead 4-2.

Lexington fought back slowly. Parish led off wth a walk in the fifth. Abshire pounded a double to the left centerfield fence that scored Parish to make the score 4- 3 Thorndale. In the sixth, Lexington finally took the lead. Sara Knipstein tripled with two out. Heather Mills followed with a walk. A passed ball let Sara scamper home with the tying run and Mills moved to second. Stefanie Albreight blooped a soft liner over the infield with Mills running to give Lexington a 5-4 lead. Parish led off the seventh with a walk. A single by Rachel Knipstein moved Parish to third. Haley Jatzlau forced Rachel at second as Parish scored what was thought to be an insurance run.

No insurance there. Two walks and a single made the score 6-5. A grounder back to the pitcher got a force out at second with runners at the corners. The game was tied as a hit ball scored the run but the Lady Eagles got an out in a rundown at second. The next batter was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. A soft pop fly looked like the game was over but it found its way to the ground to load the bases. The next batter hit a grounder to third. The winning run came as the throw flew wildly past the first baseman.

Rachel Knipstein started pitching for the Lady Eagles and was not as sharp as she was Saturday morning. Rachel had seven strike outs in four innings of work. Parish relieved Rachel to start the fifth inning and kept the Lady Dogs in check until the last inning when poor fielding and a little wildness let Thorndale leave town with a win.

After the game, Coach Ryan Starnes told the girls, "If you play like that Friday night against Geronimo Navarro you will get beat. We can not have mental and physical lapses like we had tonight and the four errors on Saturday and still win. Rachel can't strike out 18 every game. We all have to do our part if we are going to go very far in the playoffs."

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