MANSFIELD — The Red Oak High School rally, though potent, came four innings too late.
The Lady Hawks dropped their fourth district game and to the bottom of the District 10-5A standings on Wednesday, falling to Mansfield Summit High School 13-3 at Lady Jaguar Field.
Red Oak (2-7-1, 0-4) has lost games to Mansfield Lake Ridge and Timberview and Waxahachie High Schools since their district schedule opened on March 7. They've also had one of the most difficult opening schedules of the other eight teams outside of Lancaster High School.
The Lady Hawks faced Mansfield Lake Ridge and Summit, the district's No. 2 and No. 4 teams and Mansfield Timberview and Waxahachie, the district's No. 5 and No. 6 teams. Mansfield Lake Ridge scored 42 runs — the highest in the district other than Mansfield Summit's 26 — this season and only allowed seven.
Mansfield Summit, the Lady Hawks' opponent on Wednesday, allowed 14. Three of those runs belong to Red Oak courtesy of the bat of sophomore pitcher Taniece Tyson.
Despite giving up 13 runs in five innings, the Lady Hawks logged eight hits, struck out only twice and had 9 of 21 quality at-bats. Quality at-bats register when a batter forces the opposing pitcher to throw three pitches after two strikes, drives six-pitch at-bats or logs a base hit, walk or sacrifice bunt or fly.
Red Oak also scored three runs in the fifth and final inning. By using hits by Rodriguez and Lacy Weaver and a towering three-run homer by Tyson, it escaped a shutout by Mansfield Summit.
Tyson, Rodriguez, Weaver, Cayli Carpenter, Hailee Hosfield, Maegan Fullerton and Morgan Landes earned the Lady Hawks' eight hits.
Blue, the winning pitcher, struck out two batters, walked three and allowed eight hits with 86 pitches and finished with and ERA of 7.177. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in three of the Lady Jaguars 13 runs.
One of her RBI came via a solo home run off Fullerton in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Mansfield Summit had 14 hits in the game from Blue, Cheyenne Macias, Stewart, Mikalyn and Mia Greenzweig and Maddie Farrow. Farrow, Greenzweig, Greenzweig, Blue, Stewart and Macias collected multiple hits for the Lady Jaguars.
Red Oak will look to pick up its first district win when it faces winless Lancaster High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lady Hawk Field. The (5-9, 0-4) Lady Tigers have allowed 74 runs in four district games and were shutout be Mansfield Lake Ridge and Legacy in their first two.
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