The struggles continued for Hutsonville-Palestine's softball team Monday.
The Lady Tigers held an early lead against visiting Flora, but gave up seven runs over the last two innings, resulting in a 9-3 loss in Little Illini Conference play.
"We were in it until the sixth inning, then the wheels fell off," HHS-PHS head coach Nancy Guyer said. "The kids are frustrated and we're frustrated. We just can't find the key to fix it right now."
Flora opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the third, but Hutsonville-Palestine answered with three runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead. The score remained that way until the top of the sixth, when Flora broke through for four runs to take a 6-3 lead. Flora then tacked on three runs in the seventh to pull away for the win.
"We had four errors in the sixth inning," Guyer said. "And we only had three hits in the game. When you combine those two things, you are not going to win."
Kendyl Surrells led the Lady Tigers at the plate with a single, a run batted in and a run scored, while Calee Fulling singled and scored a run. McKenna Elder also had a base hit and Taci Newlin scored a run.
Surrells also took the loss on the mound, giving up nine runs - three earned - on nine hits, while walking two and striking out three in seven innings.