Panthers fall to Alexandria for second straight conference defeat

After being shut out by county rival Oak Hill, the Eastbrook Panthers played much better against conference foe Alexandria on Wednesday night, recording 10 hits and receiving another strong outing from Madi McMillan.

But miscues and mistakes proved costly once again for the Panthers, as the Tigers scored two late runs to come away with a 5-3 triumph.

“I think, overall, we played better than we have in recent games,” Eastbrook Head Coach Harold Coates said. “I just feel like tonight, we made a few errors, and we let a couple plays go that if we made, it would have gotten us out of the inning.”

The contest was tied 1-1 after the second inning of play, before the Tigers scored two in the bottom of the third frame to take a 3-1 lead. Eastbrook tied the game back up with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the Tigers again had a response, plating two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the victory.

“I thought Madi pitched a really good game – we just didn’t give her the best of help [defensively,]” Coates said. “We hit the ball decent, but we also made a couple of baserunning mistakes that could have led to something.”

Alli Hyatt finished 3-for-3 from the plate with three singles, while Ariel Duke and Kennedy Ross each went 2-for-4. On the mound, McMillan gave up five hits and three earned runs, striking out nine.

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