The McClain Lady Tigers softball team suffered a disappointing 11-7 home-opening loss to East Clinton Wednesday evening on Daryle Unger field despite a late inning comeback attempt.
McClain senior and starting pitcher Alli Willett settled down after giving up five runs in the opening inning and pitched very well as the game went on.
“Alli had a couple of rough spots in the first couple of innings then really settled down and pitched well the rest of the game,” McClain Coach Ed Bolender said “We had a couple of errors early too, but our kids never gave up and kept fighting to the end. I told them after the game the big difference tonight was that they were able to string some hits together and we were getting ours here and there.”
The Lady Tigers scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first when Savannah Anderson and Katy Unger both scored on Kelcey Smith 2-run single to cut the deficit to 5-2.
East Clinton answered with a couple of runs in the top of the second when Hannah Barnes doubled in a run and later scored on an RBI single by Rossa.
Trailing 7-2 the Lady Tigers continued to battle back in the middle and late innings but the Lady Astros were able to withstand the late inning comeback by McClain and hold on for the hard-fought 11-7 victory.
“Getting behind early kind of took us out of our running game that we like to do not allowing us to be quite as aggressive as we usually like to be,” Bolender said “You never want to run yourself out of a potential big scoring innings.”
McClain (1-3) will host Chillicothe Tuesday in a make-up game before hosting Miami Trace Friday in another tough S.C.O.L. tilt.
Batting leaders for McClain were Caitlyn Lovett 2 for 3, Alli Willett 1 for 3 (triple), Sarah Thompson 1 for 3 (double), Kelcey Smith 1 for 3 (double, 2 RBIs), Valerie Caldwell 1 for 2 (double, 2 RBIs), and Mackenzie Anderson 1 for 3 (double, 2 RBIs).