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The Lady Panthers could feel it. After being down 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the girls finally began gaining some momentum. However, errors and miscommunication fouled up their chance at a rally. Ultimately they fell 11-2 at home to Henry County (1-0) Tuesday, March 22 in their season and home opener.
“We stood up to them pretty well for five innings there,” first-year head coach Ken Blair said, “and then we got young girls. They got a little excited, I guess, lost their focus. But I felt like we played pretty well up until (then).”
Carroll’s (0-1) Mackenzie Ogden led the rally in the fourth with a single between second and shortstop and advanced to second base on a single to right center by Kayla Williamson. Ogden stole third after a low pitch, and when the catcher overthrew the base, she made it home for the Lady Panthers’ first score, 4-1.
With one out, Tasha Hunter hit a single to put runners on the corners, and Hannah McEndre hit an RBI fly ball to second base to score Williamson, 4-2.
Unfortunately, the bats went cold after the fourth for the Lady Panthers. The team registered just two more hits in the game, and the Ladycats took advantage. With two outs, the visitors
scored seven runs in the sixth inning, including a two-run homerun by Krista DeBurger over the centerfield fence.
“They’ve just got to learn how to win,” Blair said of his team. “They’re young and they haven’t had a lot of success, and they’re just going to have to learn how to finish games.”