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Lady Pack rally not quite enough

April 16, 2008
A late rally by the Crawford County Lady Pack softball team came up short last Tuesday afternoon, as the visiting Lanesville Lady Eagles left with a 3-2 win. It was Lady Pack's only game where they team had failed to score in the final inning this season.

"We've played five games, and we've scored runs in the seventh inning in all but one," Crawford coach Lonnie Presley said. "We even scored last night (at Northeast Dubois) in the seventh inning. But that's just part of it. If we hadn't have given two runs away, we'd have won this ball game."

Crawford County's Chelsea Benham, left, has the ball get away from her as Lanesville's Mariah Breeden steals second in the fifth inning. (Photo by Wade Bell)
Lanesville got on the board early as Crawford made an error. Erin Dorgay walked, then scored on a bunt by Allison Wolfe after a Crawford throwing mistake.

The game stayed dry until the top of the fourth, when the Lady Eagles added two more to their total. Shelby Fonda walked with one out, then scored when Erin Cox ripped a double to centerfield. Cox went to third on a errant pitch by Kayla Parr.

Ashley Royalty hit a line shot back to Parr and had a chance to turn a double play on Cox, but the ball went over the head of Crawford third baseman Caroyln Pellman, allowing Cox to score, giving the Lady Eagles a 3-0 lead.

"Lose a little focus, and that's what kills you," Presley said. "You've got to stay focused and especially against a team like this."

Crawford, however, slowly worked to get back in the game in the fourth. With one out, Amanda Toney slapped a line shot over the centerfield field fence for a home run to cut the gap to two. Crawford had a chance to gain more after hits by Tori McLain and Christy Luttrell, but left both runners on base.

Lanesville had a chance to extend the lead in the fifth. Dorgay was hit by a pitch, then stole second. Wolfe followed that with a walk. Ashley Schoen then singled, but Crawford got the ball in to catch pinch-runner Mariah Breeden in a rundown to keep the Lanesville lead at 3-1.

Crawford gained another run in the bottom of the sixth. Toney walked and stole second. Pellman then struck out, but McLain ripped her second hit of the day to score Toney to cut the Lady Pack deficit to one going into the seventh.

Lanesville went three-up-and-out in the top of the final inning. Crawford lead-off batter Chelsea Benham put the tying runner on base when she walked in the bottom of the inning. During Crawford's next three at-bats, Benham tried to coax the Lady Eagles into throwing to first, but Lanesville didn't bite. The Lady Pack failed to move Benham, with three straight outs, and the Lady Eagles took home the 3-2 win.

"We got Benham on, and a lot of things can happen with her on," Presley said. "All we need to do is something and she can score. She's fast and has got a good head on her shoulders. She knows what's going on. We just couldn't get that bunt down. If we could have got her to second base, then I think it could have went the other way."

Crawford finished with five hits, but made three errors. Parr struck out three, walked four and hit one Lanesville batter.

"It's just the mental lapses where it's at," Presley said. "Kayla (Parr) fielded that shot right back at her and then she threw it but didn't want to throw it. It was just that quick. It came out of her hands and they scored. It's just the mental (mistakes), that's what we've got to stop."

Lanesville finished with four hits and had no mistakes. Freshman pitcher Ashley Schoen struck out 10 Crawford batters and walked six.

Presley said his team still has much to learn.

"We've got a lot of young girls we're trying to phase in," he said. "We do have mostly juniors. Our one senior (Alicia Zehr) that's been hitting the ball pretty good, she got suspended because she got thrown out last night (at Northeast Dubois). That hurt, too. If she had been her she'd have hit the ball.

"That hurts a little bit, but some other girls came in and played well in their spots. Tori got two hits. Pellman got a good bunt there one time and got a runner over. Kim (Holzbog) got a hit. She also bunted one time. If she had laid that last one down, it could have been a different story."

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