The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteer softball team found a lead early, but were unable to hold onto it.
The Lady Vols fell to Parklane Academy 13-5 in five innings in game two of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Lady Volunteer Field.
Adrienne Futral led the first inning off with a walk. With two outs, Lauren Ware reached on an error by the shortstop. Freshman center fielder Hailey Nason singled up the middle driving in both Futral and Ware to make it 2-0.
In the home half of the first, SA pitcher Karlie Lockhart was able to get the first two outs, but a fly ball in the infield dropped and led to six Lady Pioneer runs with two outs.
"There is a fly ball in the infield we should have caught," SA head coach Kayla Mosley said. "We did put some runners on base, walking them and hitting them. We had opportunities to get out of that inning defensively and we just didn't make the play.
"You don't have to make great plays. You just have to make the routine ones."
Parklane added four more runs in the second.
The Lady Vols answered back in the top of the third. Senior Mary Austin Barber led off with an infield single. A couple of passed balls allowed Barber to score. The Lady Vols loaded the bases but were unable to score anybody.
The Lady Pioneers added three runs in the third to round out their scoring.
Mallory Barber led off the fifth inning with a hit by pitch for SA. With one out, Lockhart walked and McClain Morgan doubled to left field driving home both Mallory Barber and Lockhart.
"(Morgan and Nason) have been here at practice every day and they deserve a chance to play too," Mosley said. "I am glad I saw what I saw. McClain stepping up and getting that hit, that was key. (McClain) caught three fly balls in center and maybe one in left. She had a great game and Haley started putting the bat on the ball."
Barber's voice was present on the diamond as she pushed her teammates to try and capture that first win.
"She is very vocal," Mosley said. "She is that type of leader as well as a leader by example. I just need her to continue what she is doing and keep her game where it is. She has been a great role model for these younger girls."
Parklane Academy 10,
Starkville Academy 1
The Lady Vols were only down 5-1 in the last inning, but five runs by the Lady Pioneers put victory in the hands of the visiting team.
"We didn't walk a lot of people and we didn't hit a lot of people," Mosley said. "They just hit the ball. As long as I have a pitcher who is putting it across the plate and giving us a chance to make the plays, that's all I ask."
Lauren Ware led SA with a single and triple. Hailey Nason and Taylor Campbell each had a double.
The Lady Vols are now 0-10 overall and 0-4 in their conference.
SA will be on the road Thursday when they travel to East Rankin for another conference game. Varsity is scheduled for 4 p.m. with junior varsity following at 5:30 p.m.
Mosley's squad will play in the Exposure Tournament held at the Starkville Sportsplex this Saturday. The Lady Vols are guaranteed at least three games.
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