It’s been a month since Troup High last won a softball game.
The losses are starting to wear on the Lady Tigers like bad mascara. Troup keeps on making some of the same mistakes. It comes down to a fielding error here and a throwing error there.
Some unearned runs have proved to be costly for the Lady Tigers this season. Troup has lost four consecutive fast pitch games. The Lady Tigers are 7-7 on the year and 1-5 in the region.
“We’re getting some decent pitching. We’re having some good plate appearances. We’re hitting some good pitches, but we had too many errors,” Troup coach Mason Brackett said after the Lady Tiger 11-2 setback to Chapel Hill on Tuesday night.
It was another home loss for Troup High, granted it did come against the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAAA. Chapel Hill is 9-2 overall and 7-0 in Region 5-AAAA.
Troup did compete against the Lady Panthers. What the Troup girls didn’t do was finish the drill.
“We need a lot of practice, but still want to go to state,” said Lady Tiger senior Chandler Pritchett.
It was still only a 4-2 game with Chapel Hill leading heading to the top of the third inning. Troup scored twice in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Skye Loftin and senior Kinley Stanford raced home for the Lady Tigers.
They are still putting forth some effort. But Troup did fall further behind in the top of the fourth as the Lady Panthers kicked in three more runs. Chapel Hill took a 7-2 lead with a Kira Morgan RBI sacrifice fly, a Savannah Sikes run-scoring single to left field and a RBI single from sophomore Paige Vincent.
“We can hit, and once we start scoring runs, we don’t stop,” said Sikes.
The Lady Panthers widened the gap to 11-2 in the seventh inning. Freshman second baseman Taylor Middlebrooks homered to left field for Chapel Hill. Sikes also doubled, and pinch hitter Jordan Sauls knocked in two runs with a single for the Lady Panthers.
“Our kids outwork other teams. We just put the ball in play, and we have a good defense.We’ve got some very talented athletes,” said Chapel Hill head coach Mickey Harper.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Troup did have a pulse. The Lady Tigers tried to stage a comeback with a Kinley Stanford single to left field. That was Stanford’s second hit of the game. Stanford was out at second, however, one hitter later as Troup’s Cierra Gilbert hit into a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Tiger rally soon ended.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer