Two innings seal Lady Miners' fate

It was a rough couple of innings for the Bauxite Lady Miners softball team as they gave up six runs apiece in the second and third innings in their 12-1 loss to the Magnent Cove Lady Panthers on Tuesday in Bauxite. Senior Bauxite pitcher Bethany Edwards retired the side in order on four pitches in the first inning, but errors and mental lapses by the Lady Miners led to 34 pitches each in the next two innings.

“Take away two innings, and I guess we’re still playing,” Bauxite Coach Wes Mode said. “They scored six in the second and six in the third. We made three or four errors. You can’t make that many errors against a quality team and expect to win.”

The Lady Panthers led off with a double to left field to start the second inning. Edwards made a fielding error allowing a run and the Lady Miners (2-2) would make three more errors in the inning that led to six runs, only one of them earned, for a 6-0 lead after two.

Magnet Cove opened the third inning with consecutive singles and after a strikeout, another single and a pop out, the Lady Panthers struck again with a single until the error bug hit the Lady Miners again. Bauxite made three consecutive errors leading to six more runs in the inning and a 12-0 Magnet Cove lead.

“We didn’t help our pitcher out,” Mode said. “My pitcher pitched pretty good. We weren’t making plays behind her and of course we couldn’t hit. They’ve got a good pitcher. They’re a good team. We just picked a bad day to not play good.”

Edwards started and got the loss for the Lady Miners, but only two of the 12 runs given up were earned.

Bauxite got on the board in the bottom of the third when Jadelyn Varty walked, moved to second base on a ground out to first base and took third on a wild pitch. After a strike out, shortstop Shelby Durbin singled to left field to score Varty to make it a 12-1 final.

Edwards shut the Lady Panthers down other than the two error-filled innings, and got some help from left fielder Denise Harp who threw a runner out at home after a single to end the fourth inning. Though the Lady Miners looked shaky on defense early in the game, they looked like pros in the last inning when center fielder Kati Daley caught a sharp liner and Durbin made a good play at short to record the out and get out of the inning. Mode said the inconsistent defense is something he has to deal with from a young team.

“That’s the way we are,” he said. “We’re kind of a young team – we look good at times and then we look like a circus at times. We just have to get better. Our relays looked good, but that’s about the only thing that looked good.”

Durbin went 1 for 2 with an RBI and Edwards also went 1 for 2.
The Lady Miners take on the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals Friday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.