Ponytails end season with 11-1 loss

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It was a tough weekend and Monday evening was no better for the Troy Ponytails. After an 11-1 defeat at the hands of Slocomb the Ponytails were eliminated from the District Tournament in Greenville.

After a weather delay pushed back the start of the Troy Ponytails District Tournament by just over two hours, they were finally able to hit the field against Dothan. The Ponytails came out well after the delay and defeated Dothan 5-3, in a game that ended close to 1 a.m. Saturday.

The defense had a great game overall for the Ponytails. With Dothan already up 1-0 in the first inning, they had the bases loaded with nobody out. The Ponytails were able to get two consecutive force outs at home plate and escaped the inning only letting up the one run.

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Troy was able to score two runs in the bottom of the first two take the lead, a lead they never relinquished the rest of the game.

Morgan Bundy led the way offensively for the Ponytails, finishing the game going 2-3 at the plate with a double.

Abbi Campbell, Emily Williamson, Sadie Leverette and Gracie Sneed all had one hit each.

Sadie Leverette started the game for the Ponytails and sailed through four innings, allowing only one run, while striking out four.

Morgan Bundy closed the game out pitching two innings giving up one hit and striking out four batters.

Coming off a late night, the Ponytails had to make a quick turn around and play Kinston on Saturday. The Ponytails let up seven runs in the first inning and could never recover, falling to Kinston 15-3.

“We dug ourselves a hole making several, what I would call, ‘mental errors’ in the first inning,” Leverette said.

Sadie Leverette started the game for the Ponytails, she was unable to finish the first inning. Dannah Dawson came in to pitch in relief for the Ponytails.

“Dannah did a great job of stopping the bleeding and giving us a chance to stay in the game,” Leverette said. “But our bats were unable to answer.  We were only able to muster 3 hits.”

Bundy was 1 for 1 with a hit and a walk.  Sneed and Shaver each added a hit apiece.

With a record of 1-1 heading to Monday, the Ponytails were in a must win game against Slocomb. The Ponytails kept pace with them early, but in the end Slocomb prevailed 11-1.

“We had a couple runners get thrown out trying to steal, we just weren’t able to get anything going,” Leverette said. “Overall we needed to get our bats going, we just weren’t able to get any hits.”

With the tournament wrapping up the Ponytails will now look back and see how much they have grown and improved this summer.

“The tournament season always gives you an opportunity to get better,” Leverette said. “When they get that extra time you can really see it paying off. These girls have a bright future.”