Key then retired the Cowgirls 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth, setting up the Lady Hornets’ six-run bottom of the fourth that swung momentum Stuart’s way for good.
“You have such a small room for error to be playing a really good team, and we didn’t make the plays we needed to to win the ballgame,” Kiowa coach Keith Quaid said.
“We hit the ball decent today, but our defense really hurt us.”
With the win, Stuart improved to 10-6. Kiowa fell to 4-5.
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