“I have to try to make sure my arm just goes off the side of my body just as straight as it can,” Shelby Brennan said.
The loss spoiled a game in which the Lady Lions had scored eight in the top of the fifth to overcome a 10-2 deficit. The Lady Savages could’ve limited the damage to three runs with better defense, but Crawford dropped a two-out fly ball in the outfield, then first baseman Myers dropped a throw from shortstop that would’ve ended the inning.
Following Myers’ drop, Morgan Martin doubled to right to drive in two. Emily Geer then homered to center to tie the game 10-10.
While those last two hits came with runners in scoring position, the Lady Lions overall hit just 4-for-15 in that situation. All four of those hits came in the fifth.
“That’s hurt us all season,” Keota coach Joye Smith said of her team’s lack of timely hitting. “That’s been our Achilles’ heel.”
The Lady Savages had gone up 10-2 with a five-run bottom of the fourth. Jaycee McKee took two pitches from Drummonds for a 1-1 count, then deposited the third pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run.
It was the junior’s first career home run.
“That was a game that we just really wanted to win,” Jaycee said.
Hanna Pitman reached on a fielder’s choice for Quinton later in the fourth, then Alexis Kash beat out an infield single. Macey McKee drove in both with a double to the center field wall, then Crawford blasted the first pitch of her at-bat well beyond the wall in left — and possibly into Lake
Crowder behind the softball field — for a two-run homer and a 10-2 lead.
“I usually have to go with the first pitch, because sometimes they don’t throw very good (pitches) to me,” Crawford said. “I was wanting to hit it hard.”