Last inning heartbreak


RICH FAIRMAN

Sports Reporter


The Meade County High School Ladywave Softball team closed out the month of April in a home game against the Assumption Lady Rockets. Assumption came into the game sporting an impressive 10-3 record, and as the number one seed in Region Seven. After a pair of wins earlier in the week, senior pitcher Mary Morgan got the nod for Meade once again after a few days’ rest.

Morgan started the game off strong sitting down the first three batters she faced. Morgan would pitch the complete game, allowing 13 hits, striking out three, and not walking a single batter. Assumption figured out Morgan’s pitching in the top of the second by hitting three singles, then scoring the game’s first three runs on a pair of fielding errors to take the early lead. Meade was able to score in the bottom of the second after Madelyn Nevitt reached on an error, then scored on a single from Rylee Webb, but that would be all Meade could do as they left two runners on base.

Assumption scored again in the top of the fourth on Meade’s third error in the game to get back out to a three-run lead, but Meade would buckle down in the field and get the final two outs of the inning, leaving two assumption runners on base.

Down by three, Meade blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth by scoring seven runs thanks to quality hits from six players, and Assumption committing a pair of errors on their own. Meade produced five singles in the inning from Rylee Webb, Makayla Bloomfield, Annebelle Knoop, Madelyn Nevitt and Karissa Fortwengler. Morgan got Meade to within a stand up double knocking in a pair of runners. Knopp’s single tied the game, followed by Nevitt’s single that brought two more across the plate to take a two-run lead. Meade scored their last two runs of the inning on a pop fly to left, and an error by the Assumption second basemen.

Meade allowed Assumption to plate two more runs in the top of the sixth but was able to stop Assumption before they could tie the game. In the bottom of the sixth Meade had a chance to get those two runs back, but Assumption got the third out before base runners could get home.

In the top of the seventh the meat of Assumption’s batting order was at the plate, and they made the most of it. The first three batters Morgan faced went for a pair of doubles and a triple, which tied the game up at 8-8. Morgan got the next two batters to pop out and keep the Assumption runner on stranded at second but gave up a single to left which allowed the runner from second to score giving Assumption a one run lead. Meade got the final out on a pop fly to left field, but the damage had been done and now they needed their bats more than ever. Unfortunately for Meade, their bats failed them hitting three consecutive pop flies straight to assumption players to end the game.


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