The Community R-VI Lady Trojans softball team had their season come to an end last week after a tough first round, 4-1 loss to Silex in the Class 1, District 7 Tournament.
The Lady Owls took an early 1-0 lead before the Lady Trojans tied the game with their lone run in the top of the fourth inning.
Silex increased their lead to three runs with a three-spot in the bottom of the fourth.
Community R-VI did load the bases with the go-ahead run at the plate in their final at-bat but were unable to take advantage.
The Lady Trojans’ defense made four errors in the loss.
Amber Harrison had one RBI and Deann Brooks scored one run. Taren Clark, Alissa Curtis, and Danie Jackson each added base hits.
Jackson picked up the loss on the mound after tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs with three strikeouts.
“It was a good game last night,” said Community R-VI head coach Brandon Talbot. “Both pitchers threw really well. Both gave their teams a chance to win and we just came up short. It seemed like we were getting jammed a lot at the plate. I am really proud of the way my girls fought to the last inning. We loaded the bases and had the go-ahead run at the plate in the last inning. The errors we made were more aggressive errors than timid ones and physical errors happen. I would like to sing praise to my two seniors who were the battery all year, Amber Harrison and Danie Jackson. This was Danie’s first year as a starting pitcher and I gradually watched her get better as the year went on. They will both be missed. We have a good group of athletes coming back next year, I just have to do a better job as a coach getting my team ready defensively and mentally.”
Before districts, the Lady Trojans split a pair of games in the EMO Conference Tournament.
Community R-VI held off a late Mark Twain rally to beat the Lady Tigers, 8-7.
The Lady Trojans scored four runs in each of the first two innings. Leading 8-2, Mark Twain scored four in the fourth to cut the lead to one but could never get any closer.
Harrison led the team with two hits, four RBIs, and two runs scored.
Katie Bertels had three RBIs; Curtis added one RBI and two runs scored; Brooks scored two runs and drew three walks; Clark drew three walks and scored one run; and Natalie Thomas scored one run.
Jackson earned the victory after tossing five innings and allowing five earned runs with two strikeouts.
On the same day, the Lady Trojans had a disappointing 8-7 loss to rival Wellsville.
The Lady Trojans led 3-1 through four innings when the Lady Tigers rallied by scoring two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Community R-VI scored four runs in their final at-bat but they couldn’t complete the rally in the six-inning tournament game.
Thomas had two RBIs and one runs scored; Bertels had one RBI and two runs scored; Maddee Gastler and Curtis each had one RBI and one run scored; Harrison and Chelsea Hoyt each scored one run; Harrison scored one run; and Brooks added one RBI.
Curtis picked up the loss after allowing just one earned run in six innings with six walks and one strikeout.
In a regular season match-up with Wellsville two days later, the Lady Trojans avenged the tournament loss by crushing the Lady Tigers 13-1 behind a 17-hit attack.
Community R-VI scored four runs in the third, six in the fourth, and three in the sixth to seal the win.
Harrison went 4-for-4 with two RBIs while Clark was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Brooks and Thomas each had two RBIs and two runs scored; Sadie Hoyt and Delanie Bowers each had two runs scored; Chelsea Hoyt had three hits and one run scored; Sirrina Dunn had one RBI; Bertels tallied one run scored and one RBI; Jackson had three RBIs; and Curtis scored one run.