Errors hurt Tigerettes as Holliday forces Game 3
GRAHAM – In its three prior games, Jacksboro’s softballers did not commit a single error heading into Game 2 of the best-of-three series with Holliday.
It remained the same into the fifth inning of the contest, the Purple holding a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the frame. Things then fell apart for the Tigerettes as three Jacksboro errors was the beginning of the end for the squad, Holliday using a total of five miscues and a total of nine hits in its final two at bats to post a 10-3 victory and even the series at a game apiece.
Things would go from bad to worse for the Purple, who would lose the series a couple hours later as Holliday posted a 4-0 win in the nightcap Saturday at Lady Blues Field.
Jacksboro left a pair aboard in the first as Hadlee Richardson walked and Kylie Tullous singled. Richardson was retired at third on the play.
Pitcher Alex Holman walked with courtesy runner Charlie Phariss moving to second on a fielder’s choice play, which had Tullous retired at third and brought Rylee Mathis aboard. Both Phariss and Mathis were stranded on a groundout to end the frame.
The Tigerettes let a leadoff single by Destany Valles go for naught in the second but finally got on the board in the third. Richardson drew her second walk and moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Holman. A shortstop’s error on a Mathis ball between the wickets allowed Richardson to score.
Teagan Reynolds’ single put runners at first and second … where they would stay as a strikeout prevented further damage.
Jacksboro picked up a second run as Harlee Richardson stroked a one-out single and came around to score on another shortstop’s miscue, allowing Avery Bennett to reach second. She was stranded as the next two hitters were retired.
Reynolds’ second single with two gone in the fifth was left as a strikeout kept the score 2-0. Holliday would use a pair of walks sandwiched around a single from its 7-8-9 hitters to get the rally going in the fifth.
When its as all said and done, Holliday had a 6-2 lead. Jacksboro kept clawing in its next at-bat. Jaci Gann opened the sixth with a single and moved over on Harlee Richardson’s sacrifice.
Bennett’s second single got one of the runs back to cut the lead to 6-3.A double play ball prevented further damage.
The Lady Eagles used five hits and two more errors to break the game wide pen off Bennett, who relieved Holman in the circle.