Navarre’s softball team was eliminated by Niceville 5-2 at Milton April 25 in the opening round of the district playoffs.
Throughout the season, the Raiders demonstrated the potential to challenge any team. They were in most games until the last out. All they needed was a clutch hit or maybe a big defensive play that could change the outcome of the game, maybe even the season. Unfortunately, the Raiders were unable to come up with a clutch hit against the Eagles and ended the game with the bases loaded and the tying run on first base.
The game started out well for the Raiders, who scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Kallie Anderson singled to start things off. Hanna Stapleton received the first of four base-on-balls. Anderson moved to third on a passed ball and scored on the second passed ball of the inning. In a very close play at the plate, Anderson made sure there was no doubt in the call as she jarred the ball loose from the glove of the Eagles’ catcher.
The Eagles came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game when Stapleton walked in a run.
“I think the home plate umpire was a little inconsistent and it affected my control.” Stapleton said.
She regained her control in the next inning, mowing down the side in order.
The Eagles scored three runs in the third inning when a short pop-up dropped into short right field with the bases full. Mary Beloat made a couple of nice plays at second base that limited the damage.
Ali Gutierrez doubled in the top of the fourth, but a diving catch of a Raider line drive ended Navarre’s hopes for the inning.
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