Huge fifth inning comeback not enough to overcome Lady Rebels
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Senior first baseman Autumn Redmon dug her cleats in the batter’s box and stared down the Richland pitcher Mariah Waites. Redmon swung her bat and did what she did most of the night hitting the ball between the Lady Rebel fielders.
Redmon was the spark for Coppell, as she went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, but not even her efforts could stop a potent Richland (10-16 overall, 5-4 District 7-6A) offense in a 13-11 loss for the Cowgirls (12-14, 4-5).
The highlight of the night for the Cowgirls was a six-run fifth inning that got the Cowgirls back into the game after falling behind 7-1. Coppell pulled out all the stops with infield singles, swinging bunts and a walk to manufacture a huge comeback inning.
“We had a great comeback in the fifth inning, but they shouldn’t have had seven runs to start,” Coppell coach Mike Dyson said. “We hit the ball well, but all you can really say about that game is we just didn’t score enough runs. It was pretty even and just a shoot out.”
The Cowgirls, after giving up three runs in the top of the seventh inning to increase the Lady Rebel lead to 13-7, started another rally with an infield single, and error, and then a double from junior catcher Madi Traver cut the Richland lead down to two at 13-11.
Yet this time, the Cowgirls’ magic fell short this time as a groundout ended the game.
“I think overall the girls did a really good job on adjusting to two pitchers,” Dyson said. “They outhit us but we still got a decent amount of hits.”
Coppell pitcher Nora Rodriguez gave up 13 runs on 15 hits in seven total innings. The Cowgirls were also led by Traver, who went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double as well.
“We’ve lost our last three games including this one [LD Bell, Southlake Carroll, Richland], but now it’s important we focus on these next three games [Trinity, Colleyville Heritage, Haltom],” Dyson said. “If we can play like I know we can we can take care of business against these teams.”