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North Harrison’s Alyssa McAfee steals third base as Charlestown’s Alyssa Price disappears in a cloud of dust. Photo by Wade Bell

Lady Cats fall short to C'town

April 18, 2012
In what was an important Mid-Southern Conference match-up, the Charlestown Lady Pirates nosed host North Harrison, 9-8, in a nip-and-tuck game Tuesday, April 10, that came down to the last out. The Lady Pirates improved to 2-1 in the conference, while the Lady Cats dropped to 1-1.

"A little short," North Harrison coach John Lambert said. "I'm not going to say it's a learning experience, because the kids that are on the field playing have been on the field playing for two years now. We did not have what we needed to play tonight. I'll take the blame for that. Obviously, we weren't very focused before this game started or during the game."

Both teams scored in the first inning. Charlestown got some help on a Lady Cats error as Alli Webster reached safely. Alyssa Price followed with a double, and Shelby Goedeker followed with a sacrifice bunt to score Webster for the first run.

In the bottom of the inning, North Harrison countered with three runs. Alyssa McAfee singled and stole second then went to third on a passed ball to Kendra Lambert. Reaching base on a walk, Lambert, went to second and third on passed balls to Kenedy House, with McAfee scoring in the process. House then delivered a double, scoring Lambert, and moved to third on a passed ball to Amber Longest. Longest grounded out to short, but House scored to give the Lady Cats a 3-1 lead.

Neither team scored in the second, but the Lady Pirates delivered a broadside to North Harrison with three runs. With one out, Kaitlyn Henning singled. Webster then launched a missile over the right-field fence. Price also had a missile in her bat, punching a home run over right-center as Charlestown took a 4-3 lead.

"We started off the game well," Lambert said. "I thought we were going to get things right, and then we had a couple of miscues. I just think we lost our intensity, what little we had. Then, I think we kind of came unglued a little bit. They had that one inning where they hit two home runs. That really finished taking the wind out of our sails, and it was still early in the game."

Charlestown added two more runs in the top of the fifth. Following a Henning triple, a North Harrison error allowed Webster to first and Henning to score. North Harrison gunned down Webster trying to advance to third. However, Goedeker walked and Daisy Nichols doubled for a 6-3 Lady Pirates lead.

North Harrison bounced back in the bottom of the fifth with three runs. McAfee singled and stole second, and Lambert went to first on a Charlestown error. Both runners advanced on a double steal, and House singled to score both to close the gap to one. House went to third on a passed ball with Longest at the plate, but Longest struck out. Miranda Whelan grounded out but got an RBI as House scored to tie the game at 6.

"The top of our order has been producing very well," Lambert said. "McAfee, Lambert and House have been very good so far this year. Tonight, they played well too. … The top of our order did create some havoc and created problems for them. Tonight, the top of their order created a lot of problems for us. I think the top of our order and the top of their order will create a lot of problems for a lot of people."

Charlestown got two more runs in the top of the sixth off of two North Harrison errors, but the Lady Cats failed to score in the bottom of the inning as they left two runners on base.

The Lady Pirates added another run in the top of the seventh from what would prove to be another costly North Harrison error as the Lady Pirates took a 9-6 lead.

The Lady Cats had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh as Longest slapped a one-out triple. A Charlestown error allowed Whelan to second as Longest scored to close the gap to two. After Whelan stole third, Brooke Lamon ripped a long sacrifice fly to centerfield allowing Whelan to score to cut the deficit to one.

Melanie Johnson went all the way to second as Charlestown erred again. Brianna Lampton then singled to the potential winning run on base. It all stopped there, however, as Tabby Bozynski flied out to centerfield ending the game, Charlestown getting the 9-8 win.

"We just came in on a five-game winning streak and maybe we were feeling a little good about ourselves," Lambert said. "Maybe this is something we needed tonight, a night like this."

North Harrison finished with seven hits, four of those coming from McAfee. From the pitching circle, McAfee struck out six and walked two batters. The Lady Cats, however, committed seven errors.

Charlestown finished with nine hits, led by two each from Henning and Lauren Crowe. Pitcher Webster struck out six and walked three Lady Cat batters. Charlestown made four errors.

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