Rusty Lady Eagles finally hit the field

Milano hadn’t faced a team in nine days

Junior Masey Turnage struck out six batters Tuesday. Junior Masey Turnage struck out six batters Tuesday. It has been a long wait, but the Milano Lady Eagles finally got to play a game Tuesday night after having two games canceled and not hitting the playing field since Feb. 27.

Their game with Somerville on March 1 was canceled due to wet weather and a game in Bremond on March 5 was called due to a schedule conflict with the opposing team.

On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles (2-7) struggled to move base runners in a 4-1 loss to the Class 3A Stafford Lady Spartans at the Milano softball field.

In its opening at bat, Stafford rallied three hits and three runs, two of them scoring on passed balls at home plate.

Milano plated its only run on in the bottom of the second when sophomore Lyndsie Gray reached base on a walk and then stole second base.

With two outs, senior Christin Catalina then laid down a bunt that moved Gray to third. The throw to first to get Catalina out went high, advancing her to second base and allowing Gray to score.

Stafford put up one more run in the top of the fifth and the Spartan defense kept the Lady Eagles of scoring any more.

Milano stranded six batters during seven innings. But the Lady Eagles defense held eight Lady Spar tans from scor ing when reaching base.

Junior Masey Turnage took the loss for Milano, striking out six Stafford batters. The Lady Eagles struck out 11 times while at bat.

“Not playing has definitely been a set back, but weather has not only made playing games hard but also practicing,” Lady Eagles head coach Roxie Kleiber said. “We are focused on playing better than the game before each time we play.”

Milano will start up District 27-A action on Friday when then host Holland at 5 p.m. Milano will enjoyed a week off during spring break and start up loop action again with a road game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 at No. 17 ranked Granger.

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