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Softball: Alvord drops first game – Lady Bulldogs down 1-0 in bi-district round against Perrin-Whitt

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
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Tough Call

TOUGH CALL – Alvord third baseman Maley Mader (12) tags a Perrin-Whitt runner trying to steal third. Mader was called for interference. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, Alvord third baseman Maley Mader tagged a Perrin-Whitt runner attempting to swipe third.

BIG INNING – Alvord’s Cydney Bailey fields a ball off the top of the wall in center field. Perrin-Whitt scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to win the first game of the bi-district series Thursday 6-3. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Instead of recording the first out of the inning, the umpire ruled that Mader obstructed the base path and called the runner safe.

The call sparked a rally by the Lady Pirates, who plated three runs in the frame to take a lead they would not relinquish in a 6-3 victory Thursday at Bowie in the 2A Region II bi-district round.

The Lady Bulldogs trail 1-0 in the three-game series. Game 2 is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Jacksboro. Game 3, if necessary, would immediately follow.

“I thought she was just going for the ball, but at that point I can only argue so much,” said Alvord coach Shelbi Watson. “I do believe [it was a turning point]. That kills you, and you’re already down about it.”

Perrin-Whitt got on the board first in the bottom of the third when a looping pop fly fell in right field, driving in a run.

Alvord countered in the top of the fourth on a two-out, two-RBI double by Aubrey Mitchell.

The Lady Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fifth, but Cydney Bailey grounded out to end the inning.

Alvord put runners in scoring position in nearly every inning but had trouble bringing them around to score.

“They came out hitting and we came out watching some pitches,” Watson said. “My whole thing as a coach is we attack at the plate. You can’t make anything happen if you’re not swinging the bat. After we scored our runs we kind of backed off. That’s on us. Hopefully come Saturday we learn to change that.”

Freshman Gracie Gose got the start in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs. She gave up two runs in three innings. Kinly Walker entered in relief with runners on first and second and minimized the damage.

Walker held Perrin-Whitt to just two runs the remainder of the night. The Lady Pirates scratched across their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out, two-RBI double to the gap in right field.

Alvord was unable to make a rally in the top of the seventh, going down in order.

“We are a team that is not going to lay down,” Watson said. ” If we go down, we’re going to go down fighting. Today we gave them a run for their money, and come Saturday if we awaken our bats I think we’ll be in good shape.”

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