Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eagles lose 2 heartbreakers

By The Herald Staff | 5/10/2013

EUDORA — The Wellsville High School softball team could not close out two games Thursday in the regular-season finale in Eudora.

The Cardinals rallied late in both games to sweep the Eagles. Wellsville fell 2-1 and 7-6.

EUDORA — The Wellsville High School softball team could not close out two games Thursday in the regular-season finale in Eudora.

The Cardinals rallied late in both games to sweep the Eagles. Wellsville fell 2-1 and 7-6.

Wellsville (11-5) plays 4:45 p.m. Monday in Burlington in the first round of regionals against West Franklin.

Eudora scored two runs in the sixth inning of the opener to erase Wellsville’s 1-0 lead.

“This was a really well played game,” Wellsville coach Chris Rose said. “We just made a few mistakes and Eudora capitalized on them. I thought we played good defense but they strung a couple of hits together in the bottom of the sixth.  

“We did a really nice job of getting out of some big jams on defense but we could never get the clutch hit that we needed to push across more runs.”

Moriah Kayhill went 2-for-3 and Justine Dougan had a double.

The nightcap was a heartbreaker. Wellsville was an out away from claiming victory. Wellsville led 6-3 with two outs and nobody on base in the seventh inning.

“This is a game that we want back,” Rose said. “We blew a three-run lead with two outs and no runners on in the bottom of the seventh. It was an extremely tough loss to take and the game ended on a controversial call at home plate.

“I thought we threw the girl out from left field at the plate but she was called safe.”

Wellsville was in control until the late rally. Wellsville scored three run in the sixth inning to build a 5-1 lead.

“We got out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth and gave up two runs to make it 5-3,” Rose said. “We then scored another run in the seventh on an RBI double by Justine Dougan.

“We hit the ball much better in this game and made good plays on defense but they put up a huge rally with five straight hits after we got the first two outs of the bottom of the seventh.”

Erica McTaggart had two hits and two RBIs in the nightcap. Tori Broers had two hits, scored twice and an RBI. Dougan had a double and an RBI. Sparks smashed a triple and scored two runs. Kayhill had a hit.

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