WCHS softball drops two more heartbreakers
Posted By Sparta Live | April 28, 2008 12:00 am
For the lack of a better way to describe the Warriorettes fortunes in close games, they are just snake bit.
Four out of their last six games, they have lost in the bottom of the last inning of the game. The latest two of those were in a doubleheader on Friday at Franklin County High School.
The teams got together to play a pair of five-run games and both went right down to the wire. Franklin County broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth for the win. The second game was also scheduled for just five innings, but the teams played to a scoreless tie through seven innings. The Lady Rebels won the game in the bottom of the ninth breaking a one-all tie.
In the first game, the Warriorettes took the 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Miya Teeples singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Brock. A Brittany Gragg double scored Teeples.
Franklin County got that run back in the third when the lead off batter walked and later came around to score.
The Warriorettes went down in order in the third, but got runners on in each of the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn’t move them. In the fourth, Gragg reached on an error. Paige Scott singled in the fifth, but was left stranded.
Franklin County broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth. With one out on the board, an error in the outfield put the winning run on base. They moved her to second with a ground out. The fourth batter of the inning singled driving in the winning run with two outs on the board.
Stephanie Guth pitched that game allowing two runs on four hits. She struck out two and walked two.
The second game was another pitcher’s duel with Miya Teeples pitching this one for WCHS.
The Warriorettes missed out on a scoring opportunity early. Markie Voyles and Paige Scott started off with back-to-back singles and then Teeples reached on an error. Those three were left stranded on three consecutive outs.
Franklin County went down in order in the bottom of the first.
In the second, WCHS put one runner on when Holly Selby took a one-out walk, but was left stranded as the other three batters struck out. Franklin County got their lead off batter on with a single, but the next three were erased leaving the runner stranded at third.
Again, WCHS got their lead off batter on, but couldn’t move her. Scott singled, but a fly ball and two strikeouts left her at first. Franklin County also put a runner on via an error, but she was left stranded.
In the fourth, WCHS saw Holly Selby reach when she was hit by a pitch with two outs. The game went like this through seven innings. Each team would get a runner on, but just could not convert.
The international tiebreaker went into effect in the eighth. That means that each team starts their half of the inning with a runner on base. The last out from the inning before starts out on second base. Paige Scott began the eighth on base. She went to third on a ground ball and scored on an error. Franklin County answered. The runner was sacrificed to third and scored on a ground ball to second.
Franklin County retired the Warriorette side in order in the top of the ninth on three consecutive strikeouts. The Rebels took advantage in their half of the inning.
The runner was bunted to third and also tried to sacrifice the runner home, but she was thrown out at the plate. The batter reached on a fielder’s choice. She went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit to right field. Once again, the winning run crossed the plate with two outs on the board.
Teeples allowed five hits in the game with two of those coming in the ninth inning. She struck out five and walked one.
The losses dropped the Warriorettes to 5-21 overall. They are 0-13 in the district. WCHS wraps up regular season district play today at Siegel. They will finish up the regular season with two non-league games. They host Monterey Tuesday and travel to Upperman Thursday. The District 7AAA tournament is slated to begin Friday at Siegel.