Lady Bulldogs fall in district opener

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The Quitman Lady Bulldogs fell to the Grand Saline Lady Indians 17-3 Friday in their district home opener. The Lady Indians scored 17 runs on 20 hits while Quitman committed seven costly errors.

Grand Saline took an 8-0 lead after four innings of play. The Lady Indians added a nine-run seventh inning to reach the final 17-3 score. Quitman hit the ball well but couldn’t put anything together until the sixth inning when they had a three-run rally.

“Offensively, we put the ball in play all night, but just couldn’t get anything going until the sixth inning. Defensively we had way too many errors. These are things that we can fix with more practice time on the actual field. We were without one of our main pitchers and offensive threats and that really hurt us tonight,” Head Coach Chris Veach noted. “With so many different faces out here this season, we really needed the time in the preseason and in tournaments to bond and get that trust that’s needed to be successful.”

Madalyn Spears and Kendall Wylie each went 2-3 with Wylie blasting a triple and knocking in a pair of runs. Shelby Hayes also had a solid outing going 1-3 for Quitman.

In a non-district game played last Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Troup 16-8. The Lady Bulldogs had a strong outing at the plate banging out 11 hits, but seven errors led to their eventual downfall. Spears had another great day at the plate going 3-4 with a double, three runs scored and a run batted in. Wylie was 2-4 with a double and two RBI. McKayla Mitchell went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored and Hannah Baucom had two hits including a double and two RBI.

“It was really awesome getting to be back on the field after such a long time. We’ve had to spend so much time practicing in the gym, and this weather has us way behind. We need field time to get things worked out,” Veach said. “I thought we hit the ball well, but unfortunately we had some mistakes early that they were able to capitalize on. Then they got hot and hit every gap on the field. We have to play with more energy and excitement to get the results we are looking for.”

They return to action Tuesday at Alba-Golden with the first pitch at 5 p.m.

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