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The Lady Tigers lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday, suffering a late game comeback at the hands of the Yoakum Lady Bulldogs, 2-1.

Smithville got on the board in the first inning and held a narrow lead through four and a half innings until the Lady Bulldogs were finally able to break through.

While another loss certainly wasn’t what the Smithville softball club was looking for, the Lady Tigers were still able to show their resolve in a hard-fought road contest.

“We were playing against a playoff team, so it’s good to come away from a game like that,” Smithville head coach James Little said. “We just gave up too many opportunities.”

The Lady Tigers gave themselves a golden opportunity in the first inning, loading the bases with zero outs. Trina Deyo took advantage of a passed ball to steal home and put Smithville on the board, 1-0.

The Yoakum pitcher then settled into a groove, retiring two batters on strikes and inducing a grounder to get out of the early jam.

Smithville pitcher Morgan Harris offered up a stellar performance on the mound, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out five batters in six innings pitched. The junior was saddled with the loss, but did everything she could to keep her Lady Tigers in position for a win, says Little.

“She did a good job,” Little said. “She battled through some tough innings. Really, she did everything you can ask of a pitcher in a tight ballgame.”

Harris kept Yoakum off the board until the bottom of the fifth. A Yoakum batter pounded out a triple and was able to advance to home on an error. The Lady Bulldogs eked out the go-ahead run in the sixth on a fielder’s choice.

In the end, a comeback wasn’t in the cards for Smithville, and they fell to 1-7 in the district.

The going got tougher for the Lady Tigers on Friday when they squared off with district leader La Grange. Smithville kept the score close through four innings, but a six-run spree in the top of the fifth gave La Grange the margin they needed. The Lady Leopards prevailed, 9-1.

With Harris on the mound, Smithville battled closely behind La Grange. The Lady Leopards tacked a pair of runs on the board in the top half of the first, but Smithville was ready with an answer

Trina Deyo displayed her baserunning magic once again, earning a base on balls and then working her way from first to home on a combo of errors and bad throws. It marked Deyo’s second straight game claiming a first inning run off of a bad throw to home.

“Trina Deyo has been coming up big,” Little said. “She’s just a very smart athlete.”

The Smithville defense kept La Grange limited through the next three innings before the Lady Leopards demonstrated why they are one of the top 3A teams in the state.

“They’re a decent hitting team, so I’m not going to discount that,” Little assessed. “From batter one through nine, they can hit. They don’t miss many balls.”

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