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April 29, 2014

H.S. Softball: Elkhart looks to future after unfortunate finish

PALESTINE — HUNTINGTON – The Lady Elks were forced with a “winner take all” grudge match against Kirbyville Monday for the right to move on in the softball playoffs with a Bi-District win.

But the Elkhart’ team came up just shy in Huntington as they lost, 4-1.

The Lady Elks started off on the wrong foot as they found themselves in a 1-0 hole after the first inning. In the bottom half of the first inning, the Lady Elks weren’t able to get anything going on offense as they remained trailing by one.

But Elkhart wouldn’t give up easily, coming out fired up and ready for the second inning with pitcher Camryn Rucker at the mound. A few solid hits from Kirbyville in the top half of the second had the Lady Elks staring into a 4-0 hole.

A defensive battle then ensued as the Lady Elks wouldn’t give up another run all game long. Unfortunately for Elkhart, its offense showed up a little bit too late.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Elks found hope when Rucker came up to bat. With one out, Rucker smashed a poorly pitched ball and drove it over the left field fence for the first Lady Elk run of the game.

Rucker finished the night batting with 1-for-2 as she hit her lone shot in the sixth. The Lady Elk offense tried to get going again in the seventh as Megan Davis singled into the left field and she beat out the throw to first.

The next batter up, Courtney Cheatham had a chance to advance the runner, but her hard hit ball drove right into the outfielder’s mitt for the first out of the inning. With the Lady Elks down to two more outs, Davis chose to run on contact, meaning if Robin Grant made any contact, Davis was trying to head to second base and maybe further.

Grant had a hard hit ball straight back to the Kirbyville pitcher for the second out of the inning, and the Kirbyville pitcher turned and threw the ball back to first for the third and final out of the Lady Elks’ season.

Elkhart softball coach Brandy Martin did not wish to comment after the game.

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