Lady Tigers drop district openers

Plenty of hitting, defensive lapses hurt chances

Rockdale shortstop Kassie Roddam tries to trap a throw from catcher Britni Newlin as Cameron’s Kelsey Krenek swipes second base. Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale shortstop Kassie Roddam tries to trap a throw from catcher Britni Newlin as Cameron’s Kelsey Krenek swipes second base. Reporter/Bill Martin In opening district play, the Rockdale Lady Tigers had plenty of hits to go around, but 11 errors in two games were too much for the bats to overcome.

The Lady Tigers dropped their second straight District 24-3A contest Tuesday night on the road to Madisonville 5-3.

Rockdale dropped to 8-7 on the season and have dropped four straight.

The Lady Tigers outhit the Lady Mustangs 9-7 but committed three miscues.

After Rockdale grabbed a 1- 0 lead in the top of the first, Madisonville put together five runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

The Lady Tigers rallied for two runs in the sixth which fell short.

Kassie Roddam, Kelsey Fischer and Mac Tater whipped out two hits apiece, with Fischer and Tater driving in a run each.

Rockdale’s Mac Tater blasted her fourth home run of the season in the Lady Tigers’ loss Tuesday. Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale’s Mac Tater blasted her fourth home run of the season in the Lady Tigers’ loss Tuesday. Reporter/Bill Martin Roddam clubbed a double, Fischer ripped a triple and Tater socked her fourth home run of the season.

Roddam (0-1) went the distance on the mound, allowing seven hits and nine walks, while striking out eight.

Cameron

Despite the fact they banged out 10 hits and crossed the plate seven times, the Lady Tigers could not overcome eight errors in their 12-7 district opening loss to Cameron.

“I think we did a great job of showing a lot of fight the entire game at the plate,” said Rockdale Coach Kristen Gunter. “We scored seven runs on probably the best pitcher in the district (Alyssa Fincher) which is good.

“We did not come out and play solid defense all twenty-one outs. In order for us to be successful in the district we are going to have to continue to score several runs each game and play solid defense. ‘

After Rockdale scratched out a run in the bottom of the first without benefit of a hit, the Lady Yoemen sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the third and delivered seven runs on five hits and a couple of Lady Tiger errors.

Rockdale fought right back with three in the bottom of the inning as Roddam, Fischer and Mireles opened the inning with consecutive singles.

Hearn delivered the big blow with an RBI triple to trim Cameron’s lead to 7-4.

After Cameron increased its lead to 9-4 in the fourth, Rockdale added two more in the fifth after Fischer walked and Mireles singled again and were driven home by Tater’s ground out and Hearn’s single.

Tater (5-6) absorbed the loss after allowing eight runs and five hits before being relieved by Roddam in the fourth.

LADY TIGER STATISTICS

Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)— Mireles 23-40 .575; Roddam 19-40 .475; Fischer 14-32 .438; Offield 17-39 .436; Young 9-22 .409; Hearn 8-20 .400; Lewis 2-5 .400; Tater 14-37 .378; Mireles, M. 3-9 .333; Pannell 1-3 .333; Byrd 9-29 .310; Newlin 9-34 .265; Hurtig 1-7 .143; Phillips 0-7 .000; Fischer, M. 0-2. Runs—Roddam 21, Fischer 14. Doubles—Roddam 7, Young 4. Triples—Mireles 2, Hearn 2. Home runs—Tater 4. RBI—Tater 16, Offield 10. Steals—Roddam 29, Fischer 19. Pitching—Tater 5-6, 6.83; Fischer,M. 1-0, 7.64; Roddam 0-1.

24-3A SOFTBALL

FINAL Team District Overall Bryan Rudder 1-0 3-10 Cameron 1-0 N/A Caldwell 1-0 10-3 Madisonville 1-1 N/A Navasota 0-1 N/A Rockdale 0-2 8-7 Taylor 0-0 N/A

Tue sday’s score s — Ma disonville 5, Rockdale 3; Bryan Rudder, Caldwell;

Friday’scores: Cameron 12, Rockdale 7; Bryan Rudder 6, Navasota 4; Caldwell 11, Madisonville 1.


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