Lady Trojans fall in extras
The Chase softball team fell victim to a seven-run outburst in the eighth inning as they dropped their conference opener to Patton 12-5 in extra innings Tuesday.
“The good news is that all of our mistakes are correctable and it’s early in the season,” said Chase coach Daniel Bailey. “The bad news is we are playing with a sense of entitlement and that has to stop. Nobody is going to give us anything. We have to earn it.”
After the Lady Trojans (0-2) surrendered an unearned run in the top of the first, Chase mounted a threat in the bottom half by putting runners on the corners with one out, but Kaitlyn Smart struck out and Avery Wilson rolled out to end the inning.
Chase tied the score in their next at bat when nine hole hitter Kayla Crowe lined a RBI single over shortstop. Ashley Brown followed with a walk and both runners scored on a wild pitch with Brown sliding in under the tag.
Patton roared back to take a 4-3 lead in third inning and scored again in the fourth to take a two run lead. Chase got a run back in the bottom half via the long ball. Brown slammed a two-out solo shot to left field to cut the deficit to 5-4. Dakota Reid followed with a double but Smart popped up end the threat.
Chase tied the contest in the fifth as Wilson reached on an error and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Erika Dover. The home team then proceeded to load the bases with one out but Brown grounded into a force out and Reid struck out to leave the score at 5-5.
The Lady Trojans flashed the leather in the top of the sixth turning a 5-3-2 double play to get out of a bases loaded jam as Hardin applied the tag to leave the game tied at 5-5.
Neither squad could manage any runs for the rest of regulation, sending the game into extra innings.
Patton exploded seven runs in the top of the eighth on two Chase errors and a series of seeing-eye singles to take a commanding 12-5 lead.
Chase loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half, but was held of the scoreboard when Smart struck out and Wilson lined into a double play to end the game.
Chase will look for their first win of the season Friday as they travel to face rival R-S Central. Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.