After falling 11-1 in the opening game of a two out of three series, the Alba-Golden Lady Panthers fought diligently in the second game before falling 5-0 to the Pottsboro Lady Cardinals in the area round of the state softball playoffs.
Pottsboro’s senior shortstop, Hatty Shope, did the offensive damage blasting two long home runs at the Texas A&M Commerce softball stadium Saturday. The Lady Cards held a 1-0 advantage until the top of the seventh inning when they finally were able to put together three hits, an error, one walk and a passed ball for four runs. Until that time, the Lady Panther’s Morgan Curts had held Cardinal offense to just three hits.
Gracie Pendergrass turned in another solid day at shortstop making a big play to stop a rally by stopping a hard hit ball, stepping on second and firing to first for the double play.
In the 5-0 loss, Braylee Littlejohn, Ashlyn Rogers and Lindsey Roberts each banged out singles for the Lady Panthers.
Lady Panther third baseman freshman Littlejohn made a big play in the first inning on a hard hit ball by Lady Cardinal Kendal Rainey. In that second game, the Lady Panthers were near flawless in the field committing just one error in the game.
In Friday night’s loss, Pottsboro scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and the Lady Panthers never recovered. Eleven Lady Cardinal batters came to the plate in the opening inning as they took advantage of three hits and six walks. Piper James took the win for Pottsboro striking out nine Lady Panthers and limiting their offense to six hits. Gracie Pendergrass had a pair of hits and Brianna Weissert added a double. Littlejohn and Ashlyn Rogers had singles.
Coach Tiffani Mason’s Lady Panthers ended a great season with a district championship which saw them go 10-2 and compile a fine season record of 13-5. The future looks bright for Alba-Golden as they have five freshmen, two sophomores and a pair of juniors returning next year.