Tigers drop region road game to Phoenix

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Posted 9/15/20

The Adairsville softball team opened a daunting final stretch of the season with a 4-1 loss to Region 6-AAA leader Sonoraville Monday on the road. Facing the Phoenix, who entered the day with a …

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Tigers drop region road game to Phoenix

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The Adairsville softball team opened a daunting final stretch of the season with a 4-1 loss to Region 6-AAA leader Sonoraville Monday on the road.

Facing the Phoenix, who entered the day with a half-game lead on Ringgold in the standings, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Victoria O'Neal and Taylor Rhoades were both hit by pitches to begin the frame, and McKayla Wade drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out.

An Alyssa Jarrett groundout scored courtesy runner Mia Scott, but Adairsville (10-6, 4-5) couldn't push across any additional runs — in that inning or the rest of the way.

The Tigers were made to pay for not taking full advantage of their chances, as the Phoenix (8-4, 8-1) scratched out a pair of runs in each of the third and sixth innings. Four errors aided a Sonoraville offense that only managed four hits in the game against O'Neal, who struck out nine across six strong innings.

Adairsville wound up with three hits — one each from Rhoades, Chloe Souders and McKenzie Pullam.

The Tigers will continue their tough closing run — which ends in a rematch against the Phoenix in a rescheduled home game — with a Tuesday trip to third-place Coahulla Creek.