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Trimble County Coach Walter McHargue lamented that his team couldn’t hold border rival Carroll County after the Lady Raiders let a three-run advantage evaporate and fell 8-7 in Carrollton Friday.
Carroll lost to Trimble three times last year, twice during the regular season and during the All-A tournament, by a combined run total of 24-5.
Trimble opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Carroll roared out of the gate in the bottom of the third to take a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Raiders closed the gap in the next inning after junior Katie Temple reached third after hitting a ground ball to second base and Carroll committed two throwing errors. Junior McKenzie Dunlap hit an RBI single between shortstop and third base, scoring a run. Eighth grader Kayla Baker followed with a ground out to shortstop, but it was enough to score with runners in position, closing the gap at 4-3.
The visitors took the lead in the top of the fifth on a two-RBI triple by senior Raegan Black, 5-4, and added one in the top of the sixth. Baker hit a single to center field, but reached second base on a fielding error. Sophomore Hannah Roberts hit her in with a triple to left center. Freshman Jesse Dunlap reached on an error, but managed to score another RBI on her hit to third base, 7-4.
The Lady Panthers had one last shot at the win scoring four runs in the final inning.
“They (Carroll Co.) hit the ball real well, and we were not able to make an out when we needed one,” McHargue said. “That’s been the story every time we’ve played.”
McHargue also did not have much positive to say about his team’s defense. “We didn’t play very well. We didn’t get solid play defensively. Our pitching is not up to what it should be right now. Our best pitcher (Leyna Ritter) suffered a shoulder injury earlier, and she won’t be back until after spring break. So that’s been a stumbling block for us. The girl that is pitching for us now is working real hard but we haven’t been playing consistently.”
Trimble is idle this week during spring break but returns to action Monday in a road game at Eminence.