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Manufacturing runs in softball is all about the philosophy of 1) getting them on, 2) getting them over, and 3) getting them in.
The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats had no trouble with the first two of those items during Tuesday’s District 4-A showdown at Coalfield, but getting them in was a different story as the Lady ‘Cats stranded a total of 10 runners, nine on second and third alone, in a 3-2 loss to the Lady Jackets.
Tuesday’s loss was the first district loss of the season for Oliver Springs, and it leaves the Lady ‘Cats and Lady Jackets tied for second in the district with Oneida still undefeated in District 4-A.
Tuesday’s game was a story of Oliver Springs being unable to come up with time hits.
In the first inning, Emily Griffith reached third base with one out, but was left stranded. In the second inning, Raichel Snellings, Macy Martin and Tiffany Roberts all reached safely to load the bases with one out, but the Lady Jackets would peg a runner at the plate to help get out of the jam with no damage done.
Innings three, four and five were more of the same.
Courtney Jones reached second base in the third inning with one out, but would advance no farther.
The fourth inning would see Martin and Roberts pick up singles and reach second and third, but neither would score.
The fifth inning might have been the most frustrating as Char-Lee Roberts and Jones both singled, but no runs would score as Roberts was thrown out at the plate.
Coalfield, meanwhile, scored single runs in the first and fourth innings and took a 2-0 lead into the sixth.
Oliver Springs finally broke through in the sixth as Martin and Tiffany Roberts singled and both would score on a double from Rachel Griffith. The Lady ‘Cats would have runners on second and third in the frame with one out, but the Lady ‘Cats would not score again as the game was tied at 2-2.
The game remained tied until Coalfield turned two singles and an error into a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Both teams had nine hits on the day. Oliver Springs was led by Martin (3-3, 1 2B, 1 run) and Snellings (2-4).
Oliver Springs hosts Wartburg Monday and will travel to Wartburg on Tuesday. Both games are District 4-A contests.