Some losses sting a little more than others and Navarre’s 2-1 setback to Crestview in a District 2-7A game last week hurt.
The Raiders were within striking distance of victory all night but struck out far too often to come out on top against the Bulldogs because of a 16-strikeout performance by Taylor Rolison.
“She is a great pitcher and has shown that the past couple of years,” Navarre head coach Kelly Hayes said. “We expected her to pitch well. The thing that hurt was that we couldn’t bunt the ball. If we could have done that, it would have been a totally different ballgame.”
Navarre managed only two hits in the loss but Hanna Stapleton was able to keep the Raiders in the game with her own strong pitching performance. Stapleton struck out 12 batters.
“Hanna pitched one of her best games,” Hayes said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more from her. She got ahead in counts and gave a great effort.”
Through four innings, the game was scoreless. Crestview, which tallied seven hits, broke the tie in the fifth with a pair of runs.
The Raiders nearly rallied in the sixth. The inning started with a triple by Jordyn York. KK Trombley followed with a bunt. Callan Taylor then drove in a run on a groundout as Navarre pulled within one.
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