Lady Panthers commit nine errors in loss to Pataula Charter
Published 3:13 am Tuesday, September 18, 2018
By Staff Reports
CUTHBERT – The Americus-Sumter Softball Team struggled in the field against Pataula Charter Academy. They committed a total of nine errors, which played a part in their 20-5 loss to the Pataula Lady Panthers.
The game was played Monday, September 17, on the campus of Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA, where Pataula Charter plays their home games.
Things started out well for Americus-Sumter. De’Asia Ford led off the game with a single and Adrienne Anthony reached first on a dropped third strike. Anthony was thrown out at second, but Ford made it to third. Brianna Pope reached on an error, scoring Ford to give Americus-Sumter a 1-0 lead.
However, Pataula Charter responded with 11 runs in their half of the first. Megan Ellis led off with a triple off of ASH starting pitcher Taylor Garcia. After Garcia struck out Haley Kintzinger for the first out, Grace Houston doubled in Ellis to tie the game at 1-1. This was the beginning of an 11-run explosion by Pataula Charter. The ASH Lady Panthers hurt themselves in the inning with errors, walks and hit batsmen.
Americus-Sumter scored two runs in the top of the second inning. Nyja Carson singled with one out. Kristin Wooden and De’Asia Ford both drew walks, and Carson advanced to third on a passed ball. Carson then scored on another passed ball to make the score 11-2 Pataula Charter.
Americus-Sumter scored two more runs in the third, but that would be it. Pataula Charter scored six runs in their half of the second and three in the third to finish the game. The game was run ruled after three innings, with Pataula Charter winning 20-5.
Pataula scored 20 runs on 11 hits and committed four errors. Americus-Sumter scored five runs on four hits and committed nine errors.
De’Asia Ford went 1-for-1 at the plate with a run scored and two walks. Taylor Garcia also went 1-for-1 and drew a walk. Garcia, who started in the circle for ASH, gave up 20 runs on 11 hits. Only five of those runs were earned. She walked five batters, but on a positive note, she struck out three.
For Pataula Charter, Megan Ellis and Kyra Freeman both went 3-for-3 at the plate. Ellis scored two runs and Freeman scored four. Freeman also drove in two RBIs. Shelby Weiss started in the circle for Pataula Charter. She pitched one inning, giving up one run on two hits. She walked none and struck out two. Abi Richey pitched the remaining two innings for Pataula Charter. Richey gave up four runs on two hits. She walked seven and struck out one.