Lady Bulldogs make early exit from state tournament
Story and photo by Dennis Sharkey
The McLouth Lady Bulldogs rallied late to tie the game but fell in the 10th inning to Larned 4-2.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning pitcher Kendra Leach singled to lead off the inning versus Indians senior Brittany Perez who went the entire 10 innings for the win.
Emily Walsh then hit a hard line drive that was caught for the first out. However, Kelsey Patterson, who started the game at pitcher, lined a shot to left center field that split the gap and scored Leach for the Lady Bulldogs’ first run. Patterson moved up to third base on the throw home.
The Indians’ short stop bobbled a ground ball off Jessie Troupe’s bat and the game was tied at two runs each.
The Indians had a chance to score in the eighth inning but Perez was thrown out at home trying to score from second base on a single for the third out of the inning. The Lady Bulldogs went in order in their half of the eighth.
Leach worked around a bloop single in the ninth to bring the Lady Bulldogs top of the lineup up in the bottom half of the inning. However, Perez got Leach, Walsh and Kelsey Patterson to all hit easy ground ball outs.
The wheels came off in the tenth inning quick. Leach led off by walking the first batter and a bunt back to the pitcher couldn’t be handled and both runners were safe with no outs. Leach threw a wild pitch on the next delivery and both runners were in scoring position with no outs.
Leach got the next batter to strike out swinging but the throw back to the pitcher ended up in center field and two runs scored.
Perez worked around two walks in the bottom of the inning to get the win.
The Lady Bulldogs had plenty of scoring chances throughout the game but couldn’t get a timely hit when they needed one.
Leach was thrown out at home plate in the bottom of the first inning trying to score on a bunt back to the pitcher.
In the bottom of the second inning the Lady Bulldogs ended the inning when a runner was called out trying to steal third base.
In the third inning the Lady Bulldogs had the bases loaded with one out but senior Kaitlyn Sparks and sophomore Konner Patterson struck out to end the threat.
The Lady Bulldogs had runners at second and third base with two outs in the fifth inning but couldn’t get a hit.
Although some mental mistakes cost the Lady Bulldogs in the end, some spectacular and heads up plays defensively kept them in the game.
After giving up a home run in the second inning, Sparks robbed the next batter of an extra base hit when she made a running diving catch on a sinking line drive.
The Indians had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the fourth inning but scored only one run. Leach came in to pitch and after walking the first batter to load the bases she got a great defensive play by Kelsey Patterson who moved to first base after the pitching change. Patterson caught a hard hit line drive and was able to dive back to first base to double off the runner. However, a passed ball on the first pitch to the next batter allowed the second run to score.
In the fifth inning an Indians batter bunted to Konner Patterson at third base. Patterson couldn’t get the ball out of her glove but noticed the runner wandering off of third base. Patterson ran toward the runner and was able to dive and tag her out to get the Lady Bulldogs out of trouble.
Kelsey Patterson pitched the first three innings and two batters in the fourth giving up two runs. Leach pitched seven innings and gave up two runs.
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