Lady Indians’ fielding woes cost them their first game of the season.

Published 11:43 am Thursday, April 11, 2013

SOUTH HILL—Southampton High School’s Lady Indians dropped its first game of the young season April 9 in South Hill to the Park View Dragons 4-3.

It was a tough day at the plate and in the field for the ladies who managed only six hits and muddled five errors in the loss.

“We just had a tough time in the field today and it cost us the ball game,” said SHS Coach Susan Melbye. “We had them early, but just let it get away from us.”

The ladies were in familiar territory early, scoring three runs in the fourth on three hits and a passed ball. Courtney Greene started the rally with a single and she was chased to third on a Zoe Dunlow double. They both scored on a TaLisha Jenkins’ single, and during the play, Jenkins worked her way over to third as the Dragons threw the ball around the infield.

She would score on a passed ball during Shelby Billups’ at bat.

That lead held up through a pair of Dragon runs in the bottom of the sixth, which came on a 2-run home run to left field off of Greene, and cut the lead to 3-2 heading to the seventh.

The Indians looked to add an insurance run in the that inning, but were cut down by a baserunning mistake and took their one run lead to the bottom of the seventh. The leadoff hitter for the Dragons popped out to short stop, and then things got interesting. The next batter sent a fly ball to right field, which dropped just out of the reach of Dunlow. The next batter’s ground ball short hopped the short stop, allowing both runners to advance safely. After a walk to load the bases a deep double to left center field scored the two needed base runners and gave the win to the Dragons, 4-3.

The Indians returned to action Thursday, hosting Franklin in Courtland, Results were not available.