Paradise uses big fifth inning to beat Jacksboro in district opener

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
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It did not take long for Paradise’s offense to get going in the Lady Panthers’ District 8-3A opener Tuesday night.

After scratching across two runs in the first inning, Kaycee Martin went deep in the top of the fourth to extend Paradise’s advantage. Then in the fifth inning, the Lady Panthers blew the game open.

GOING YARD — Paradise’s Kaycee Martin is greeted by the Lady Panthers at home plate after hitting a home run. Messenger photo by Reece Waddell.

Paradise batted around in the top of the fifth, with Kendall Candioto cranking a three-run shot over the center field wall to get the hit parade started. Makenna Hudson also went yard in the inning, as the Lady Panthers scored all seven of their runs in the frame with two outs en route to a 13-7 victory over Jacksboro.

“I was happy with their bats,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “They hit the ball well. It’s a big [win]. [Jacksboro] beat us the second time we played them last year, so my kids wanted to come out and play well. We started the game hot and took a little pressure off ourselves.”

Paradise held a 13-2 advantage going into the bottom of the fifth, but their lead slowly started to dwindle

Although Kendall Candioto pitched three scoreless innings, the Tigerettes started to solve her as the game wore on. Candioto surrendered a two-run home run in the fourth inning when she left a pitch over the middle of the plate, ending her shutout bid.

“I needed to get her to swing, and I threw it, and [the pitch] didn’t really move,” Candioto said. “Not enough [movement] or speed. Just an awful pitch, really.”

THROWING HEAT — Paradise’s Kendall Candioto pitches during a game against Jacksboro. Candioto pitched six innings, surrendering five runs. Messenger photo by Reece Waddell.

In the sixth and seventh innings, Candioto ran into more trouble she had to work around.

Jacksboro stranded runners at second and third in the sixth inning and then loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, chasing Candioto from the circle. Essig went to the bullpen, inserting Kailey Thomas to finish the game.

Despite giving up two runs on an RBI single and error, Thomas struck out two batters and eventually induced a ground ball to seal the victory for Paradise.

“[Candioto] had a great first four innings,” Essig said. “The great thing about us is we have two really good pitchers. Thomas had two big strikeouts with the bases loaded.”

With the victory, the Lady Panthers improved to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in district play. Paradise hosts Bowie on Friday.

“Different people had to step up in different ways, and I think they did it in the end,” Essig said. “The lesson there is stay focused and finish.

“I really felt like it was a total team effort and I think the kids did, too.”

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