Ranked Lady Dogs had no answer for early deficit
The Lady Dogs finish the season at 14- 9 overall and were second in District 26A.
Normangee, the third place team out of 25A, will now face 27A champion No. 9 Somerville in a one game playoff at 6 p.m. Friday back at Bryan Rudder.
The Lady Dogs found themselves down 5-1 at the end of three and couldn’t find the answer.
“We did not have a good start to the game and we fell too far behind to be able to catch up. We had some mental errors that don’t show up on the totals that really hurt us,” Thorndale coach Lance Betak said. “I was proud of the way we hung in there, though. We could have easily given up and been run ruled.”
The Lady Panthers put up five more runs in the top of the fourth.
Thorndale’s defense wouldn’t allow anymore runs by Nor- mangee, but could plate just three more runs on its side of the scoreboard.
Charla Leopold absorbed the loss on the mound for the Lady Dogs. Bailee Hilton came to the mound during the fourth inning and Jordan Schramm took over in the fifth. Skyler Sumner was catcher for all three Lady Dog pitchers.
Peytyn O’Campo led Thorndale at the plate, going two-for-two on the night.
Sumner was one-for-three.
“It was a great learning experience for our team and hopefully something we can build on for next year,” Betak said. “We are losing two senior starters (Charity Tatroe and Shelby Pausewang) that we will have to replace. I like our chances of being really good next year.”