HEWITT – Some days, seven runs just aren’t enough. Especially when you’re playing a state tournament caliber team.
Red Oak earned leads in the first and second innings and were up 6-4 over 3A state qualifier Waco Robinson before falling 12-7. It was a weekend best described as a roller coaster ride. The Lady Hawks beat Austin St. Michaels 4-1 and lost to Azle 1-0 on Friday to fall into the consolation bracket. The up and down offensive effort is not what first-year coach Tatum Thorne had in mind.
“We started out at the Frisco Tournament we were hanging five or six runs on girls and we’ve kind of lost what we were defining ourselves as,” Thorne said. “I just talked to the girls and said we’ve got to get to what we’re defining ourselves as early, which is a good hitting team early and staying solid throughout. We’re still working.”
Red Oak (3-8) responded to a three-run bottom of the first effort from Robinson with four runs of its own. Lauren Tamez led the inning off with a double and was brought home on Chelsea Bissonnet’s single. Marley Dickert moved Bissonnet from second to third on a bunt single and Samantha Gilmore brought her home for the second run of the inning. Back-to-back singles by Katilyn Callier and Katie Boyce plated the next two runs as the Lady Hawks jumped out to a 5-3 lead.
Robinson tacked on another run in the bottom half of the second but Red Oak responded with a hit-by-pitch to Tamez and double by Bissonnet, which forced Robinson to pull its starting pitcher. A walk to Dickert loaded the bases and was followed by another walk to Gilmore, which brought home a run. However, the rally stopped there as the team left the bases loaded on a groundout.
While the team held Robinson scoreless in the next half inning, the Lady Rockets erupted with five in the fourth and another three in the fifth. The game was called due to time with Robinson having the bases loaded with no one out.
“We need to keep the aggression we have from the start of a game and keep it throughout the whole entire game because that’s what’s killing us,” Bissonnet said. “If they score we can’t get down. We’ve just got to work on being able to come back and back again. It can’t just be a one-time occurrence.”
The loss was not what anyone on the Red Oak side wanted. The Lady Hawks have faced some tough opponents early in the season, losing five games by one run.
Still, when you’re playing a team that cleared 30 wins and reached the state tournament, there is little to be ashamed of. Thorne was proud of his team’s effort. He just hopes it will inspire a different outcome the next time around.
“In my heart I know that they’re a good team but also in the same place I know that we’re a good hitting team,” Thorne said. “Sometimes you don’t show all your cards and I held those cards back and didn’t tell them that. If you can hit a team like that it’s good but in the end you want some W’s on your side of the bracket.”
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