Back-to-back bad innings put Hutsonville-Palestine's softball team in a hole they could not recover from and the end result was a lopsided loss in conference play.
The Lady Tigers gave up a combined 14 runs between the second and third innings en route to a 16-2 loss to Martinsville Friday (May 3) in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division make-up game that was played in Palestine due to wet field conditions in Hutsonville.
After a scoreless first inning, Martinsville erupted for nine runs in the second inning, then tacked on five more in the third for a 14-0 advantage. Hutsonville-Palestine would score twice in the fourth to finally get on the scoreboard, but Martinsville came back with two more runs in the fifth and would win the game via the 10-run rule after Hutsonville-Palestine went scoreless in the bottom of the fifth.
Drew York and Kelsey Lanham led Hutsonville-Palestine with a single and a run scored apiece, while Nestlee Cook, Jerika Coffman and Katelyn Wilber added a base hit apiece and Lindsay Ryan and Krescene Holscher each had a run batted in.
Wilber suffered the loss on the mound, allowing 16 runs, only four of which were earned, on 11 hits, while walking four and striking out four in five innings.