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    SOFTBALL: Lady Panthers can't capitalize against Carterville

    Doug Daniels
    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The Lady Panthers had a golden opportunity to knock off defending state champion Carterville in last Tuesday’s SIRR Mississippi Division battle for first place, but couldn’t score after loading the bases with nobody out in the top of the seventh inning and fell 3-2 for their first conference loss of the season, and their first loss with Mariah Clark in the pitching circle.
    The Lady Lions scored first, getting a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI triple by Montana Taylor and a sacrifice fly by Sydney Monje.
    It wasn’t until the top of the fourth inning that Pinckneyville was able to answer, tying the game on Josie Gleason’s two-run homer to center that brought in Clark, making it 2-2.
    An error on a ground ball hit by Megan Barrett brought in a run for Carterville in the bottom of the fifth that turned out to be the decisive score. In the top of the seventh, Mayci Doerflien singled, Kiya Hagene walked, and Megan Mayo reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to load the bases for PCHS, but Carterville’s Baleigh Koester got a ground ball for a force-out at home followed by two strikeouts to silence the Lady Panthers’ potential rally.
    Gleason (1-2, R, 2 RBI, BB, HR), Clark (1-2, R, BB, 2B), Doerflein (1-3) and Lauren Jackson (1-3) had Pinckneyville’s hits. Clark allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the pitching circle. Carterville’s Koester was just a tad better, giving up four hits and three walks with ten Ks for the Lions.
    On Thursday, Pinckneyville grabbed a pair of wins over Sparta, both by the score of 13-0. The first was a completion of a game suspended by rain back on April 3.
    Clark got the win in game one with a one-hitter and ten strikeouts. The offense got 14 hits from Mayo (1-4, R, RBI), Doerflein (1-3, R, BB), Hagene (2-4, 2 R), Gleason (1-3, RBI, BB), Clark (2-3, RBI, BB, 2B), Daisy Dudek (3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B), Lynlee Lindner (1-3, R, RBI), Kylee Kling (1-4, 2 RBI, 2B) and Emma Banach (2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR).
    Dudek shut out the Bulldogs in five innings in game two, allowing three hits and striking out four batters while going 4-for-4 at the plate with 4 doubles and 5 RBIs. Also hitting for PCHS were Mayo (2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B), Jackson (1-2, 2 R, RBI, 2B), Doerflein (1-3, R, RBI), Kling (1-1, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB), Gleason (1-3, BB) and Clark (1-3, RBI, BB).
    The Lady Panthers are at Du Quoin on Monday, host Anna-Jonesboro on Tuesday, then travel to Murphysboro on Wednesday and Nashville on Thursday to close out the week.

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