Adairsville softball hangs in early, but falls late to Sonoraville

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A great start turned into a disheartening finish for Adairsville Tuesday as the Lady Tigers lost, 8-0, to Sonoraville in five innings in a crucial region game.

Sonoraville scored all eight of their runs in the last three innings to put the Lady Tigers (8-10, 5-7) into a fight for their playoff life as the season winds down.

“We just have to make plays,” a dejected coach Kandace Bruno said after the game. “They hit the ball hard a couple times, but really we have got to make the plays. At one point looking at the book and they had five runs off five hits, that’s just us.”

Loren Harris pitched a scoreless first two innings for Adairsville, and Emily Collum led off the bottom of the first with a single as it looked like the Lady Tigers might get off to a fast start.

But Havyn Isaac and Bailey Robinson popped up, and Harris was called out on offensive interference to end the inning.

Morgan DeBoard started the second off with a single as well, but Alexia Vonner struck out to end that inning and Adairsville would not register a hit for the rest of the game.

More trouble came in the third, as, with two outs and runners on first and third, DeBoard at shortstop and Kelsie Burnett at third made back-to-back errors, letting in two runs. After a swinging bunt in front of the plate that neither Harris nor catcher Collum could reach in time loaded the bases, a two-run double put Adairsville down 4-0.

The struggles continued for the Lady Tigers, as Sonoraville scored three more in the fourth and one in the fifth to bring the run rule into effect and end the game.

Adairsville made six errors in just five innings as just two of the runs surrendered by Harris and Natalie Burrow, who replaced her after the fourth, were earned.

“Their fight was bigger than ours,” Bruno said. “That’s all it is. They scored one run and we made a mistake and we quit.”

Adairsville hosts 21-1 Calhoun in their last region game Thursday, at 5:30 p.m.