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Softball: Chico falls to Lindsay – Errors doom Lady Dragons in loss

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Delivering a Pitch

DELIVERING A PITCH – Chico’s Laynee North throws the ball during the Lady Dragons’ loss to Lindsay. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Chico Lady Dragons dropped their second District 11-2A game of the season Monday to Lindsay 15-4.

Lindsay got on the board in the top of the first when Chico dropped a fly ball in right field to plate a run. 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 more than 10 errors on the afternoon, dropping his team to 1-2 in District 11-2A.

“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. 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.

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 passed ball to put the game away.

The Lady Dragons rebounded from their loss against Lindsay with a 16-1 rout of Tioga on Tuesday. Chico goes into spring break 2-2 in league play and 2-3 overall.

Although they are almost a month into their season, the Lady Dragons have only played five games. Sanders said nearly all of Chico’s games and tournaments to start the year were rained out or canceled due to inclement 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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