For the first time in nine district games, the Lady Mustangs came up on the short end of the final score.Walker Vallley managed a paltry three hits against Lady Cherokees freshman Sadie Brazzell and …
For the first time in nine district games, the Lady Mustangs came up on the short end of the final score.
Walker Vallley managed a paltry three hits against Lady Cherokees freshman Sadie Brazzell and only a single run in a 4-1 District 5-AAA loss to the Tribe.
Sydney Everett took the loss for the Feisty Fillies in the circle, going three innings and giving up two runs on six hits before giving over to Hailey Leslie who started the top of the fourth.
McMinn County scored runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings while holding the Lady Mustangs to a single run scored by Laney Harris in the bottom of the third inning on a wild pitch.
The Lady Mustangs (20-8, 8-1 District 5-AAA), playing their ninth game since Saturday, were not helped by a stiff breeze blowing in from center field. Several hard-hit balls that may have gone for base hits or even more dropped harmlessly into the gloves of the Cherokee's (13-14, 2-8) outfielders.
"I know they are tired, but McMinn has played every day this week, too. It's really not an excuse. You have to come out with the fight and the fire every game and we just didn't bring it today like we have in the past," said Lady Mustangs coach Lauren Limburg. You have to tip your hat to McMinn. They played a great game. They really wanted it. Their pitcher kept us off balance at the plate, and we just didn't do enough to get the job done."
"I thought there were a few (hits) that might be out (home runs), but they played on the same field we played on. We just have to take advantage of the times we get runners on base and score those runs."
Walker Valley left a Lady Mustang on base in all but the fifth and seventh innings.
The loss sets up a showdown with Soddy-Daisy Wednesday at Larry Haney Field for the top spot in the district standings. The Lady Trojans are currently 23-8 and 10-1 in district softball. The Lady Mustangs won the first time the teams met by a 9-1 margin. Walker Valley will go to East Ridge Monday and Bradley Central Tuesday before hosting Soddy Wednesday.
"We have a couple of days off and we are going to get some rest and regroup. If we lose a game we need to learn from it. Hopefully they will learn from the mistakes we made, the things we didn't do and come out ready Monday," said Limburg.
"This is our first district loss. It's a lesson. We just have to tip our caps to McMinn. They played a great game and we just have to learn from it, get better and come back next week ready to go."
McMinn County 101 011 0 — 4 9 1
Walker Valley 001 000 0 — 1 3 1
WP: Sadie Brazzell. LP Sydney Everett. 2B: Emily Baxter (MC). Highlights: Brooke Mizell 2-4, Ashley Baxter 2-4 RBI, Jordan Mizell rbi, E. Baxter RBI. Records: McMinn County 22-8, 9-1 District 5-AAA; Walker Valley 20-8, 8-1.
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