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Errors doom Chico in loss to Lindsay

By Reece Waddell | Published Monday, March 12, 2018.
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The Chico Lady Dragons dropped their second district game of the season Monday to Lindsay 16-4.

Lindsay got on the board in the top of the first when Chico dropped a routine fly ball in right field to plate a run. But the errors did not stop there.

The Lady Dragons committed several errors in the second inning, including two throwing errors on one play to score two runs. Chico coach Clay Sanders estimated the Lady Dragons committed over 10 errors on the afternoon, dropping his team to 1-3 on the season.

“Easily double-digits [in errors committed],” Sanders said. “It’s nails in the coffin, if you want to use an analogy like that. We’ll get better with each game, and it’s my job to make sure that happens.”

After going down 7-0, Reagan Hardee got Chico on the board in the third inning with an inside-the-park home run. Hardee launched a pitch into the left field gap that Lindsay’s outfielder struggled to corral.

Hardee’s home run ignited a three-run inning for the Lady Dragons, as Chico added another run on an RBI-single through the right side of the infield.

“Reagan is the lightning rod of this team, in my opinion” Sanders said. “I’ve got her at leadoff, and that tells you everything you need to know about her. She’s a great athlete all the way around.”

Despite getting runners on second and third with no outs in the third, Chico was unable to do any more damage. Then in the fourth inning, Lindsay blew the game open.

The Lady Knights scored seven runs in the frame, capped with a two-run blast to right field. Lindsay added another run in the fifth on a past ball to put the game away, as Chico was not able to get any closer.

The Lady Dragons hosted Tioga on Tuesday and will get the remainder of the week off for spring break. Although they are nearly a month into their season, this was only the fourth game Chico has played.

Sanders said nearly all of the Lady Dragons’ games and tournaments to start the year were rained out or canceled due to winter weather.

“We can’t use that as an excuse, and we won’t use it as an excuse,” Sanders said. “It’s kind of rough when you [don’t] get those in-game experiences and then district play starts and you can’t knock that rust off early on.”

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