WHITE HOUSE Tuesday evening’s contest turned out to be a double whammy for the White House High softball team.
Not only did the Lady Devils suffer a 7-0 loss to visiting rival White House Heritage, they also had another key player leave the game with an injury after senior Savannah Fuston went down in the bottom of the first inning.
Already playing without junior Madeline Cain due to an arm injury, the Lady Devils (9-6 overall, 1-1 in District 9-AA) lost Fuston to a sprained ankle after she executed a sacrifice bunt up the first-base line, going to the ground in an attempt to avoid a tag by Lady Patriot first baseman Lauren Osteen.
“She executed perfectly what I asked her to do,” Towers said. “She’s been working on the push bunt. She ran. She stopped, and she went to fall. When she did, her cleat hung, and she went over. Just by a freak accident, she rolled her ankle. Taking her out of the lineup is huge.”
White House trailed 1-0 at the time, though Fuston’s sacrifice put the Lady Devils in position to tie the game. One batter later, a inning-ending double play halted that opportunity.
After that, Lady Patriot sophomore starting pitcher Alyssa Arden took over, striking out 10 White House batters in earning the complete-game victory. Arden took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before freshman Sydnee Frakes collected White House’s first and only base hit.
The Lady Patriots (12-3, 2-0) broke things open in the seventh off White House senior pitcher Madisen Adkins, scoring four runs. Adkins retired seven consecutive hitters at one point, but two errors in each of the final two innings helped lead to five runs.
“She did an awesome job,” Towers said of Adkins. “She pitched a really good ballgame.”
In total, White House committed five errors.
“If stuff like that’s going to happen, I’d rather it happen now,” Towers said. “We play for the district tournament, and that’s what I tell them all the time.”
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White House Heritage 101 001 4 – 7 7 2
White House 000 000 0 – 0 1 5
Alyssa Arden and Riley Hallum; Madisen Adkins and Copelynne Whitaker. WP – Arden. LP – Adkins. Records: White House Heritage 12-3 overall, 2-0 in District 9-AA; White House 9-6, 1-1.