The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team played the Sturgeon Bulldogs even for two innings Thursday night in CAC action at New Franklin.
As for the remaining five innings, head coach Ross Dowell said the wheels came off in the third and the Lady Bulldogs let the frustration get the best of them in a 9-3 loss.
“Instead of fighting in the third through sixth innings, we hung our heads,” Dowell said. “I understand our frustration but we will need to compete for the full seven innings to have a chance.”
After both teams put up one run in the first, Dowell said in the five-run third inning for Sturgeon the Lady Bulldogs had a walk and error and never fully recovered.
Sturgeon would go on to score another run in the fifth and two again in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-1. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the sixth, New Franklin plated two more runs to cut the lead back to six.
Lauren Evans took the loss in the circle for New Franklin, who dropped to 4-10, by giving up six runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one batter. Alexia Sprick then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one run on four walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Annie Benner pitched two innings and issued two runs on two hits and two walks.
New Franklin also matched Sturgeon with six hits in the game, with Kacie White going 3-for-3 with two singles and one double. Madison Matney was 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs while Shelby Breshears added one single.