Charles Henderson softball gives up big sixth inning, falls to Eufaula 6-1

Published 9:16 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Class 5A No. 9 Charles Henderson softball team fell victim to a Eufaula four-run sixth inning, losing to the Tigers 6-1 Thursday night in Troy.

Eufaula jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Charles Henderson in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Trojans countered in the bottom of the second, evening the score at 1-1.

In the bottom of the second, Charles Henderson’s Tucker Earles got the Lady Trojans started with a double with one out in the inning.

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Two batters later, with two outs in the inning, Charles Henderson put together a rally. After Lindsey Fox reached first base after being hit by a pitch, Addyson Bryan followed up with a single to load the bases.

And one batter later, Kelsey Gibson connected for an RBI single, driving in Earles to even the game at 1-1.

But in the top of the third inning, Eufaula responded. After two-straight singles that put two runners on base for the Tigers and a walk to load the bases, Charles Henderson starting pitcher Emma Kirkpatrick walked the next batter to bring in a run for Eufaula. The Lady Trojans recovered and ended the inning on the next at-bat, but Eufaula had secured a lead again, this time at 2-1.

After two scoreless innings for each team, Eufaula’s offense opened up a four-run sixth inning to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

The Tigers began the inning strong, loading the bases on three-straight singles. Two batters later, Eufaula drove in a run on an RBI single to increase the Tigers’ lead to 3-1.

Two batters later, Annie Clayton smacked a two-RBI double to increase Eufaula’s lead to 5-1 before closing out the inning with a 6-1 lead.

“I think that for us, we didn’t come ready to play, and they did,” Charles Henderson head coach Heather Mitchell said. “We didn’t make the routine plays. If we make the routine plays, we get out of innings like that (sixth inning) and you don’t allow a four-run inning.”

Charles Henderson did its best to chip away at the lead in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Lady Trojans could only manage one base runner in those two innings.

“For us, tomorrow is another day,” Mitchell said. “We have got to come ready to play. No matter what the day is, we have to come ready to play. We took some pitches off and that is why we lost. You have got to play every pitch, and we didn’t.”