Raiders fall to Dolphins in extra innings

Navarre’s softball team went extra innings against rival Gulf Breeze Thursday night but came up short in its bid for a victory, falling 9-8 to the Dolphins.

The Raiders trailed 7-5 entering the seventh inning but Hanna Stapleton came through with a double that went off the fence in the outfield and drove in two runs to tie the score.

In the eighth, Navarre took an 8-7 lead when Britney Silver laid down a bunt to bring Holly Koch across the plate.

Gulf Breeze scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win in a game where momentum swung back and forth all night. The Dolphins scored the winning run off a wild pitch.

Navarre trailed 3-0, led 5-3 and then fell behind one more time before forcing extra innings.

Head coach Kelly Hayes was pleased with her team’s effort even though it didn’t result in a victory.

“They gave everything they had mentally, physically, emotionally,” Hayes said. “The momentum was up in the air for both teams to grab. We had some mistakes that cost us.”

Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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