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Lanesville shuts out Lady Pack, 2-0

Sometimes the smallest mistakes can be the costliest, and that’s exactly what happened last Tuesday as two errors hurt the Crawford County Lady Pack in their 2-0 loss against visiting Lanesville.
‘They (Lanesville) scored both of their runs on errors,’ Crawford coach Lonnie Presley said. ‘Either one of them (his fielders) could have had the ball, but one was thinking the other one was going to catch it and they scored on that. Other than that it would have been nothing to nothing. We’d still be playing.’
Crawford’s first error came in the first inning. With one out on the board, Erin Dorgay reached first safely when Crawford shortstop Kacey Cox misjudged a pop fly and had it bounce off her glove. Erin Harbeson then moved Dorgay to second on a sacrifice bunt. Allison Horton smashed a single from the cleanup spot, scoring Dorgay as Lanesville took a 1-0 lead.
‘Everybody played well tonight,’ Lanesville coach Kayla Straub said. ‘Everybody hit the ball hard and made an improvement.’
From there, the game took a defensive tone. Horton struck out the side in the bottom of the first and then Crawford came back to pull a double play in the top of the second to set down the Lady Eagles.
Wendy Johnson got Crawford’s first hit in the bottom of the inning, but Horton took over again, recording three more strikeouts.
The game went back and forth in that manner until the top of the seventh inning.
Horton ripped another single to begin the inning. Crawford’s Kayla Nickelson then threw out the next two Lanesville batters from second base and it looked like the Ladypack would get out of the inning still down by just one run.
Things changed, however, as Ashley Simler hit a fly to right field. Crawford’s Chelsea Benham reached for the ball only to have it go off the tip of her glove, allowing Horton to score for a 2-0 Lanesville game.
Crawford went down in order in the bottom of the inning to give Lanesville the win.
‘We’ve been hitting the ball hard,’ Straub said. ‘We had some mental things and missed some signs. They played good, but we played good defensively, too, when they did put the ball in play. I think it went both ways.’
‘We at least didn’t have 19 strikeouts,’ Presley said. ‘We actually put the bat on the ball. We didn’t put it on it hard, but we did hit it somewhere. That’s a plus because this girl (Horton) is tough. She was the deciding factor.’
Lanesville (2-1) finished with four hits, Horton getting two of those in a 2-for-3 performance. The Lady Eagle senior also recorded 13 strikeouts. Lanesville made no errors and left four runners standing.
Crawford got just two hits, those from Johnson and Sara Rothrock. The Ladypack left three runners standing and made three errors.
‘At times this year, she’s been hitting it pretty good,’ Presley said of Johnson. ‘Like everybody else, we have games where we hit, but Wendy’s been putting the bat on the ball. She’s not been striking out a bunch like she did last year. That’s pretty much what’s going to carry me all year because of the youth that I have, the three seniors.’
Presley said his team must work on some things to reach its potential including having his younger players get used to tougher pitching.
‘We’ve got to hit the cage, and we’ve got to work on some bunting,’ he said. ‘If we’d have got bunts down, I could have got runners on second twice. We could have put a lot of pressure on them, because, in my opinion, we were the better fielders than they were. We were better defensively than what they were.
‘Some of them may have been a little bit afraid as hard as she (Horton) was throwing. They shouldn’t be. This is our seventh game. That’s part of it. When you’re young like this, you’ve just got to work through the bad times and try to get better at the end of the year.’