2017-05-04 / Sports

Lady Eagles Fall in Bi-District

by Mike Organ

Lexington’s Lady Eagle softball team made a strong move in the post season by taking a 2-0 lead over a ranked Whitney team. Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles could not sustain the lead. Whitney rallied back to take a 5-2 win and eliminate the Lady Eagles from the playoffs.

The Lady Eagles scored the two runs in the top of the first inning. Kylie Hobbs drew a walk with two outs. Clarissa Parker ran as a courtesy runner for Hobbs. Kacie Johnson laced a shot down the third base line, putting runners on first and second. Madison Stefek singled to load the bases. Alexis Gonzales singled to left field, allowing Parker and Johnson to score. A ground out ended the Lexington scoring.

Whitney got one run back in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady Cats scored on a walk and a double by catcher, Callie Poore, who would show to be a thorn in the Lady Eagles’ side. Poore was caught in a run down between second and third for the second out of the inning. The throw from left-fielder Megan Pace to cut off, Grace Patschke, to third baseman Gonzales, who ran her back toward second, and the throw to second baseman Kynslie Meyer, resulted in a tag out.

Grace Patschke making a play at shortstop. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN Grace Patschke making a play at shortstop. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN There was no scoring in the second inning, as five of the six outs were strike outs. Whitney tied the score in the bottom of the third inning. A strike out on a rise ball that went over catcher Johnson’s reach allowed the runner to reach first base. The runner advanced to second on an infield ground out. Up came Poore with a single, sending the runner home to even the score at two.

Two more scoreless innings followed for Whitney and three scoreless at-bats by the Lady Eagles. Two singles by the Lady Cats and a wild pitch put runners in scoring position. Another wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score. A hard-hit ball toward the Eagle first baseman tied her up. As she blocked the ball, the sphere bounced away, allowing another run to score. The third run scored on a single, before the Lady Eagles could get the third out.

The Lady Eagles’ season ended with the loss. Lexington has a lot to look forward to with three starters in their first year of high school and two sophomores. Seniors Courtney Strain, Amanda Zgabay, Madison Stefek, and Kynslie Meyer have finished their high school softball careers.

For the game, Lexington struck out 11 times and walked three times. Hobbs struck out five Lady Cats and gave up seven hits. Lexington had four hits, three in the top of the first.

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