Lady Indians’ perfect season ends with 6-5 loss to PEHS

Published 9:11 am Saturday, April 21, 2012

FARMVILLE—Prince Edward took advantage of seven walks, two hit batters, two errors and mental mistakes to hand Southampton High School’s softball team its first loss of the season. The score was 6-5.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, a base-hit to right field scored the winning run for host Prince Edward.

“We talked about mental errors the other day and how they would cost us a ball game if we didn’t eliminate them. Well here we are,” said Southampton Coach Susan Melbye,

The Indians got on the board in the top of the first. Ashley Haydu singled but was forced out by an Emily Nelson groundout. Nelson then scored on a Madison Cabell double for the lead.

The Eagles came back with a run and took the lead in the bottom of the second.

The Indians took the lead back in the top of the third. A one-out triple by DeMonè Brickhouse put SHS in business, and a single from Nelson plated Brickhouse to tie it at 2-2.

Cabell followed with a walk, and an error on the Eagle first baseman allowed Nelson to score and put the Indians up 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, Prince Edward scored three times on one hit. Three walks, a hit batter, a fielder’s choice and a bases-clearing double pushed the Eagles back into the lead 5-3 at the end of fourth.

In the fifth, Brickhouse led with a double and scored, pulling the Indians within a run at 5-4.

The Lady Indians were poised to tie the game after Courtney Green was hit by a pitch and stole a pair of bases to be standing on third with no outs. Ashley Buehner struck out on a full count and Green tried to score on a passed ball, but was tagged out at home on a close play.

One pitch later, Marisa Cabell hit a home run to deep left field, tying the game at 5.

The Eagle bottom half of the seventh sent the Lady Indians to their first defeat on the season, dropping them to 7-1 and 3-1 in the Southside District.

“I told the girls, these things happen,” Melbye said. “It’s just a bump in the road; it will not deter us from our goals for the season. But you’ve just gotta pick yourself up, shake off the dust and get back at it.”

“We have eight more district games to play,” she continued. “This one is not going to decide the race. But, we’ve really got to take care of business going forward.”

Southampton will host Greensville at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.