BENTON — Benton’s Savannah Collo collected two RBIs on the day, including the game-winner in the fifth inning, to lift the Lady Tigers to a 4-3 win over North Caddo at the Benton softball field.
The teams combined for 11 errors in a game that lasted for almost two hours.
“It was an ugly game, but we managed to come out on top,” said Benton coach Jaymee Junge, who talked with her team at length following the win.
The six errors by the Lady Rebels were more costly to coach Lory Kowelski than those the Lady Tigers committed.
“This game was all about which team could out-error the other one and we ended up winning that battle,” Kowelski said. “Part of it was that it was our fourth game of the week.”
Benton jumped in front in their half of the first when Brittany Craig and Chelsea Rangel singled in back-to-back at-bats. Gabby Kespelher, who finished up on the mound for winner Rangel, scored Craig with a deep fly. Collo followed with a single and an error to score Rangel. Collo put the Lady Tigers in front 3-0 when Taylor Thompson, who had singled, was thrown out trying to steal.
Rangel and Kespelher would combine to hold the visitors to just a pair of hits. Jordi Mason took the loss, although she struck out six.
North Caddo picked up one run in the third after a two-out walk to Erin Burrow, a single by Kristi Tarver and Mason reaching on an error. The Lady Rebels cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth on a walk by Dede Sheppard, a Benton error and sacrifice bunt by Rachel Pittman.
Benton’s Rangel and Kespelher singled to open the fifth and Collo grounded out to third to score Rangel with what ended up being the winning run. North Caddo’s final run came in the sixth when Tesla Hughes walked and scored on a Benton overthrow. The Lady Rebels went quietly in the seventh.
“We didn’t get much production from our big guns tonight,” Kowelski said. “Unless they get on, we don’t score. This wasn’t a normal game for us. We probably made more errors tonight than we usually do in a season.”