New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball coach Ross Dowell felt like his team had plenty of chances Monday night on the road against the Hallsville Lady Indians.
Aside from leaving 12 runners on base, the Lady Bulldogs also out-hit Hallsville 9-7. Unfortunately for New Franklin, the Lady Indians had the most important stat of all with a 8-5 victory.
“We had some opportunities, but we left 12 people on base,” Dowell said. “We also had 11 walks and two blown bunt coverages, which gave them some free runs that led to our downfall. We have to get better at these things if we want to win some games.”
The Lady Bulldogs looked to be well on their way while leading Hallsville 2-0 after the first inning. Hallsville, however, rallied back with one in the second and two again in the third to go up 3-2. Then, after New Franklin rallied back with one in the top-half of the fourth to tie the game at 3-all, Hallsville came back and tacked on four more runs in the fifth to make it 7-3. The Lady Bulldogs cut the lead again in the sixth with two runs to trail 7-5. However, in the bottom-half of the inning, Hallsville added another run to closeout the scoring in the ballgame.
Littell picked up the win in the circle for Hallsville while Alexia Sprick took the loss for New Franklin.
Littell went the distance and gave up five runs on nine hits and seven walks while striking out five batters.
For New Franklin, Sprick pitched the first-four innings and gave up five runs on five hits and 10 walks while striking out one batter. Annie Benner then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
As for the hitting in the game for Hallsville, Kilpack and Jones each had two hits while Reed, Daily and Allen added one hit each.
For New Franklin, Madison Matney went 4-for-4 with four singles and one RBI. Shelby Breshears was 3-for-4 with three singles while Grace Hundley and Lauren Evans added one hit each.