Eagle bats go quiet late
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 25, 2008
By RYAN ARENA
There haven’t been too many times this season that the Reserve Christian bats have gone silent. But last Wednesday, it happened at the worst possible time.
After establishing a 9-4 lead over visiting Grand Isle in the third inning, the Lady Eagles would not score again in the game.
Grand Isle took advantage, scoring six runs in the fifth inning, followed by two over the final two innings. It was enough to notch a 12-9 victory over RCS in a District 10-C game.
Reserve (3-4, 2-1) had a chance to create some distance from the pack in district play, but could not come away with the win.
“That’s the frustrating thing. We could have been in a position to almost lock up a playoff spot,” said Reserve Coach Michael Reeves.
The final score failed to tell much of the story when it came to the offense on both sides. Reserve tallied four hits on the day, while Grand Isle had three.
But the two sides combined for 10 errors (six by RCS) and 13 walks (eight handed out by Grand Isle pitching).
Reserve’s Madison Reeves (3-4) took the loss, but struck out 12 over seven innings. She allowed only three hits to go with five walks.
Offensively, Aimee Durapau had two hits, while Khrista Robinson and Amanda Watson each had one.
Reeves and Kelly Crews each scored two runs in the game.
After falling behind 2-0, Reserve scored seven runs in the second inning, all with two outs, to surge ahead 7-2. The rally began when Durapau reached on an error, and Grand Isle had trouble getting off the field after that.
Each team scored two runs in the third inning. But Grand Isle would score eight the rest of the way to clinch victory.
“Our bats just went silent,” said Reeves. “We only struck out twice, but we didn’t get good contact on the ball when we did hit. Just weak grounders up to the mound.”