The Litchfield High School softball team dropped a pair of South Central Conference games to end the week as they fell to Gillespie 17-2 on Thursday, May 20, and Carlinville 7-0 on Saturday, May 22.
Both of Litchfield’s runs against the Miners came in the fourth inning, with all three of their hits also coming in that inning.
Bella Roach led off the frame with a single to left, followed by a walk to Lauren Monke and an RBI single by Taylor Brakenhoff that plated Roach. A double play helped the Miners in the inning, but Emma Walch singled to score Brakenhoff for the Panthers’ second run.
Unfortunately, the runs made the score 12-2 in Gillespie’s favor after the Miners scored one in the first, seven in the third and four in the fourth. They would add on five more runs in the top of the fifth to finish off the win and remain undefeated in the SCC.
The Panthers would get another shot at their first win of the season on Saturday, May 22, as Litchfield hosted Carlinville in a rescheduled game that was moved to the Panthers’ home field.
Cavalier pitchers Chloe Sims and Loralei Wofford would be tough to solve as they teamed up for a 7-0 one-hit win over the Panthers.
Litchfield’s lone base hit would come to lead off the seventh inning as Taylor Brakenhoff shot one up the middle for a single. Before that, Litchfield’s only base runner had been Bri Jeffers, who walked with one out in the fifth.
Offensively, Carlinville wouldn’t set the world on fire, with the exception of the second inning when they scored six runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Litchfield starter Riley Heyen would only give up four more hits the rest of the game, with Carlinville adding on a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Now 0-10 on the year, the Panthers have a few more opportunities to get win number one in 2021, the first of which will come Monday, May 24, at Hillsboro.
May 20 at Litchfield
Gillespie 107 45 17 9 0
Litchfield 000 20 2 3 3
Gillespie IP R ER H K BB
Bires 5 2 2 3 9 2
Litchfield IP R ER H K BB
Walch 5 17 11 9 2 10
*Walch 2 HBP
Multiple Hits: Gillespie - Link 2-3, Taylor 2-3, Rife 2-3. 2B: Gillespie - Link 1, Rife 1. Runs: Litchfield - Bella Roach 1, Taylor Brakenhoff 1. RBI: Litchfield - Taylor Brakenhoff 1, Emma Walch 1.
May 22 at Litchfield
Litchfield 000 000 0 0 1 0
Carlinville 060 001 x 7 9 0
Litchfield IP R ER H K BB
Heyen 6 7 7 9 8 3
* Heyen 2 HBP
Carlinville IP R ER H K BB
Sims 4 0 0 0 4 0
Wofford 3 0 0 1 2 1
*Sims 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Carlinville - Gansz 2-2, Norwood 2-3. 2B: Carlinville - Gansz 1. 3B: Carlinville - Norwood 1.
Record: Litchfield (0-10).