The scoring for both teams was over by the fourth inning as the pitchers and the defenses settled down after that and gave the scoreboard a rest.
The Pettus girls struck first with three runs in the bottom of the first. The Leopards parlayed a few hits and a couple of Pettus throwing errors into five big runs in the top of the second to gain the lead at 5-3. The Lady Eagles cut one run off their deficit in the second to make it a 5-4 game through two full innings.
Kenedy went down without scoring in the third and the home team regained the lead with a four-run outburst to jump in front, 8-5.
The Leopards had another big inning in the fourth with five more runs crossing the plate to regain the lead for good at 10-8. The Lady Eagles did not score in the bottom of the fourth and then were shut out the rest of the way as the Leopards preserved the two-run victory.
“We lost 10-8, but played very well except one inning. Offensively, the Lady Eagles were led by Chloe Garza with three hits, Marissa Carrizales also had three base knocks as did Hailee Schauer,” said head coach Noel Lopez.
The Lady Eagles also got base hits from Ryan Grayson and Alicia Puerto in the loss.
“Defensively, we had a great game from pitcher Amanda Escandon. She came up with five put-outs. Ryan Grayson contributed three put-outs and Chloe Garza also had three put-outs, in the outfield,” Lopez said.
“And, she was always there to help her outfield partners.”
The loss drops the Lady Eagles’ record to 6-17 on the year and 0-8 in district.
“The young ladies are making big strides and getting a lot better after every game. I am starting to see confidence in their play and at home plate when they are batting,” Lopez said.
The Lady Eages met the Falls City Beaverettes in Falls City on Friday night. Next Wednesday night, the Lady Eagles will travel to Woodsboro to challenge the other Lady Eagles.