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HASKELL â€” After tying the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth inning, it had appeared the Harmony Grove Cardinals had all the momentum. However, it would not be the case as Mayflower came out swinging, scoring a run in the sixth and seven in the seventh inning to defeat the Cardinals 14-6 at home Friday night.
â€śWe are inconsistent,â€ť Harmony Grove coach Brandon Kelly said. â€śAs a coach, you can put them in a position to win and as players you can put themselves in a position to win, but if you donâ€™t take care of business and get it done, then bad things happen.
â€śEvery game that weâ€™ve played, weâ€™ve had an inning where we blow up.â€ť
The Eagles had five straight hits in the seventh inning, including a two-run single and a two-run double. Mayflower led off the seventh with a hit by pitch and an error and would score two runs on a single by the lead off hitter.
Mayflower would bat around and eventually Harmony Grove got out of the inning with a RBI sac fly and a ground out to short. But the damage had been done.
â€śWe are at a point in the season, where wins and losses arenâ€™t what we are striving for,â€ť Kelly said. â€śWe are striving for fundamentals and mechanics and being mentally tough.
â€śI hate that we have to strive for that, this late in the season but as the conference is starting to come to a close, we have to prepare for the district tournament.â€ť
Harmony Grove tied the game in the fifth inning after trailing the entire game.
The Cardinals led off with back-to-back singles by Rex Furry and Kody McClain. Bryson Hutson followed with a single and two outs later, Tyler Smart hit a two-run single to tie the game at 6.
â€śHe was due,â€ť Kelly said about Smart. â€śI know he can get it done. It was his opportunity and he took advantage of it and got it done.â€ť
McClainâ€™s two-run single in the third cut the deficit to 6-4.
â€śI have a feeling that we can compete and we have an opportunity to be up there,â€ť Kelly said. â€śWe have the talent level, but the mental toughness isnâ€™t there yet.
â€śIâ€™m hoping that the next eight games, we can decide what we want to do. Either lay down or decide to play. We got to get it done somehow.â€ť
In other action, the Lady Cardinals defeated Mayflower 11-1 in five innings. Harmony Grove scored seven runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Stephanie Parins allowed two hits, a walk and had two strikeouts. Laura Britt was 1-4 with two RBIs and Molly White was 2-3 with two RBIs and Katie Wright was 2-2 with a walk.
On Thursday, Harmony Grove defeated Fountain Lake 16-5. The Lady Cardinals scored two in third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, and 10 in the seventh. Morgan Ramsey went 4-6, Britt went 2-4, Parins went 2-4, Torie Simmons went 3-4, Joie Paape went 2-3. Parins pitched and gave up five hits, one walk, and struck out five.View more articles in: