One bad inning proved to be a deciding factor in Navarre’s softball game against Pine Forest March 16.
The Raiders gave up five runs in the opening inning and were unable to recover in a 5-2 loss to the Eagles, their two-game win streak ending in the process.
“We had one bad inning. If that doesn’t happen, it’s a different game,” Raiders head coach Kelly Hayes said. “We just didn’t have the bats tonight.”
Navarre actually did out-hit Pine Forest 6-5 but left five runners on base.
Jordyn York delivered the biggest hit of the night for the Raiders.
Facing a 3-2 count, she fouled off nine pitches before finally coming through with a double in the second inning that drove in a pair of runs, slicing the Eagles’ lead to 5-2.
It appeared perhaps the Raiders would get even closer in the third when KK Trombley led off the inning with a triple. She was left stranded at third. Emma Thomas opened the seventh with a double but never advanced any further.
“We didn’t put any hits together,” Hayes said. “We got runners on and had opportunities but couldn’t get them home. I know we can play better than we did.”
Kallie Anderson, Madison Faulkner and Hanna Stapleton tallied hits in the loss while Thomas took the loss. She pitched the first inning and gave up three hits. Stapleton pitched the remainder of the game, allowing only two hits and striking out nine.
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