Hallsville gets 7-1 extra innings defeat
By RICK KRETZSCHMAR
East Texas Community Newspapers
May 20, 2011 at 2:43 a.m.
FORNEY - The one, very bad inning the Hallsville softball team had avoided this postseason found the Ladycats on Wednesday in an unusual circumstance.
The inning was the top of the ninth, when Frisco Centennial exploded for seven runs to send Hallsville to a 7-1, extra-inning defeat in Game 1 of a best-of-three Class 4A Region II playoff series at the North Forney High School Softball Field. Hallsville had allowed eight runs total in six previous playoff games this season.
Bailey Anderson led off the top of the seventh with a single to left. Anderson's pinch runner, Caroline Curtiss, advanced to third base when Hallsville first baseman Kaci Jackson's throw to second baseman Morgan Peck covering first on a sacrifice bunt by Ashlyn Mitchell was off-target. Curtiss scored on a suicide-squeeze bunt by Mikayla Nairn, which she beat out for a single.
After an Alexus Morgan walk loaded the bases, Bethany Broussard hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Mitchell. Allie Cranfill followed with a RBI single to center, then Kaytie Proctor hit a RBI double to right-center. A RBI single to left by Holly Von Enhrenfried, a RBI groundout by Mackenzie Jones and a RBI infield single by Anderson concluded the scoring burst for Centennial (29-6).
Hallsville (31-7) must win Game 2 - which starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rockwall High School - in order to extend the series. If Hallsville wins, Game 3 would be held on Saturday back at North Forney, starting at 5 p.m.
Hallsville could not cash in on scoring opportunities in the seventh and eighth innings.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, pinch hitter Kailey Johnson drew a leadoff walk and Carli Cooper chopped a one-out infield single. Centennial pitcher Shelby McCoy rallied to force Lindsey Vasquez to hit into a fielder's choice and struck out Jamie Allred to send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth inning, Brooklyn Greene drew a one-out walk and was sacrificed to second by Sara Mathews, but McCoy got Lakin Kerby to fly out to centerfield to end the inning. McCoy (24-5) had nine strikeouts for the victory, scattering seven Hallsville hits with two walks. A RBI double by Vasquez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth prevented a shutout for Hallsville.
Up until the ninth inning, losing pitcher Allred (23-5) was arguably having her best game of the postseason. She had 10 strikeouts, in the first five innings, and allowed four hits in the first eight innings before Centennial broke through for five in the ninth. Allred was relieved with one out in the ninth inning by Nicole Linton.
Cranfill and Von Ehrenfried had two hits each for Centennial, with Cranfill hitting a double in the third inning. Allred and Cooper had two hits each for Hallsville.
With one out in the top of the inning, Jones advanced to second on an errant throw by Peck. Hallsville rallied to keep the game scoreless as Allred struck out Anderson and got Mitchell to pop out, with Peck making the catch.
Brooklyn Greene led off the bottom of the inning with a double down the left-field line and would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt by Mathews. On an 0-2 count with two outs, Jackson appeared to be hit in the left hand by a McCoy pitch, but the umpire said Jackson was attempting a bunt. McCoy struck out Jackson on the next pitch to end the inning.