By MICHAEL S. ADAMS

H-P Sports Writer



Westwood struggles continued at the plate Friday night as the Lady Panther softball team fell 8-2 to Diboll at the Westwood softball field.

The loss officially eliminated Westwood (3-7, 12-9-1) from the District 21-3A playoff hunt.

“We could have hit her, but we were hitting little dribblers through the infield and they were hitting line drives,” Westwood head coach David Reed said. “We seem to do that against slow pitchers. If we are facing a fast pitcher we get good swings, if it is a slow pitcher we start swinging up.”

Diboll pitcher Erin May carried a no-hitter until the fourth inning when Danielle Slate hit a single into left field. Slate was stranded on second base to close out the inning.

Westwood’s offense got going in the fifth inning when Kaysie Ives hit a single into deep right field to score Julie Johnson and Jaime Conklin, who reached on an infield single.

That would be the end of the Westwood offense as costly errors in the third inning gave up five runs to the Lady Jacks.

Diboll got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Samantha Johnson scored Tracy Moyado on a double to center field.

Three of the Lady Jacks’ five runs in the top of the third were unearned. Pitcher Jennifer Talley mishandled a toss from Douglas to catch May from scoring on a passed ball.

With the bases loaded, Alyssa Tomez hit a ground ball to Ives, who mishandled the pay to allow Hope Lackey to score from third base.

In the previous at bat, Talley walked Lackey with the bases loaded as Diboll took a 6-0 lead at the end of three innings.

“It was just a trickle down effect,” Reed said. “We had two outs and the bases loaded and walked in a run, next play was a passed ball, then an error.

“That’s the way it has happened all year.”

Talley had another strong performance on the mound. The junior hurler pitched seven innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out eight batters and walking four.

The Lady Panthers, who had a team batting average of .160 against Diboll’s May, recorded just four hits with none going for extra bases.

Ives was the leading hitter for the Lady Panthers, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Slate and Conklin each went 1-for-2.

The Lady Panthers will host Hudson today at 1 p.m. before traveling to undefeated Huntington Tuesday to take on the Lady Devils at 6 p.m.

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Michael S. Adams may be contacted via e-mail at sports2@palestineherald.com

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