The timely hits were there, they just came too late for Houston County in its 4-3 District 10-A loss Monday afternoon to White House Heritage.
The Lady Patriots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and added one more in the top of the seventh.
Houston County (13-9, 7-3 10-A) scored one in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh.
The Lady Irish had a runner on first, Savannah Beard, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Ashley Spurgeon struck out to end the game.
“They don’t drop their heads, that’s one thing I have to commend them for,” Houston County coach Delissa Hughes said. “They’re loud every inning in the dugout, they never sit quiet and they try to keep the tempo up. They don’t lack the desire to win. There’s no doubt about that. They just have to get it all together.”
Kayla Clark took the loss for Houston County. She went four innings with two strikeouts and allowed five hits and three runs. Gracie Leslie relieved Clark and struck out two over three innings and gave up four hits and a run.
Sidney West earned the complete game win, allowing three runs, four-hits and struck out ten.
White House Heritage’s (10-9, 7-2 10-A) first two batters, Megan Groves and Tori Permenter, reached on singles, and after an out, Haley Stone walked to load the bases.
Kasey McGowan stepped up and her pop out to right brought the first of the runners home. West came right behind McGowan and laced a double that scored Permenter and Stone.
“We started off slow and had a horrible first inning,” Hughes said. “Multiple errors allowed them to score three runs in the first inning and we sort of had to fight back and climb back and they fought, but we just kind of came out short at the end.”
Houston County got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Lexi Norfleet’s double with two outs allowed Spurgeon to score from second.
The Lady Irish added their final two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Leslie’s ground out to third allowed Priscilla Ramirez to score from third. Kaci Hall advanced to third on the fielder’s choice and then scored when the throw to third went into the dirt.