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Hebron falls in district title game

September 21, 2011

Hebron Christian’s hopes of a district softball title evaporated Tuesday night as Winona Christian scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to earn a 5-3 victory on the road and take first place into the playoffs which start this weekend.

The Lady Eagles (12-7), who already secured their fifth consecutive playoff appearance a week ago, came back from a 2-0 deficit after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning to tie the game and eventually take the lead.

“We just got out played,” Hebron head coach Cass Tapley said.

With infield conditions not exactly ideal, the visiting Stars used small ball to grad an early lead. After back-to-back bunt singles and a sac-bunt, Brooke Farmer cleared the bases with double.

Hebron, who didn’t get their first hit until the third inning, tied the game at 2-2 after Chloe Tapley put the ball in play up the middle with runners on second and third. Winona, looking to keep the clean sheet threw to home only the ball got away from the catcher allowing Brooke
Griffin and Alaina Hill to cross the plate.

Tori Nichols followed with a single to get runners on the corners but the Stars were able to get out of a jam with back-to-back outs.

Winona went down in order in the top of the fourth inning and Hebron grabbed their first and only lead of the contest in the bottom half with an RBI double by Hill.

Hebron, who lost two games already due to the weather, looked to extend their lead in the fifth after loading the bases with back-to-back- singles and a hit batsman, however Winona pitcher Mary Ware again got out of trouble striking out the next two batters and getting a line out.

Ware turned out to be the difference maker and despite being the sixth batter in the inning, her two run single with the bases loaded gave the Stars a 4-3 lead and they would eventually hold on for the victory but not before adding another run.

Although the Lady Eagles will be back in the post season, they have four girls, two seniors, a junior and sophomore who have a little experience and six starters who weren’t part of it last season.

“The older ones are used to it,” Cass Tapley said. “That will help some. Maybe this loss will help some and add a little intensity to our swing. We’ll see.”

Hebron slapped out nine hits on the day including three for extra bases led by Hill who finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Chloe Tapley took the loss after giving up seven hits in six innings of work. She did finish with nine strike outs.

The Lady Eagles, who finished third in the state last season will face off with current state champion Bayou Academy in the first round Saturday at 9 am.

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