THE WOODLANDS —
Fifteen hits has always won games for a proud Little Cypress-Mauriceville softball program.
However, that was not the case for the Lady Bears Saturday evening as they watched Elgin use a two-out, two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Lady Wildcats a 8-7 victory and eliminating the Lady Bears from the playoffs in the Class 4A area round at Woodlands College Park High School.
Lady Wildcat Victoria Gonzales roped a two-out game-winning single to right to seal it for the Lady Tigers.
After dropping Game One 8-5 Friday, the Lady Bears (26-8) had plenty of bounce in their step against the District 17-4A champion Lady Wildcats (25-7) and led 5-1 after the top of the third inning. Unfortunately, Elgin took advantage of four errors and timely hitting to score five runs in the bottom of the inning to snare a 6-5 lead.
The Lady Bears rallied in the top of the seventh to snare the 7-6 lead before the Lady Tigers rallied themselves for the win.
“I don’t think this has ever happened before, us getting 15 hits and coming up on the losing end,” said Lady Bear coach Dena Adkins. “That third inning with all the errors, was just a ‘killer’. Give Elgin credit, those kids can flat-out hit the ball too. This was a game our kids had and it just slipped away from us.”
LC-M grabbed a 2-0 lead after the top of the first.
Haley Mills, who went 3-for-4, slapped a single to left and Mikaela Stegall, who was also 3-for-4, reached on a bunt single. Taylor Fraccastoro followed with a fly out to right. Mills scampered to third on the play and scored on a throwing error to third.
LC-M pitcher Hope Russell then touched Elgin pitcher Staci Johns with a RBI double to left that scored Stegall.