The Athens Lady Hornets wish they could have two innings back following Friday night’s 13-2 loss to the Van Lady Vandals.
Before the game, the team recognized seniors Josee McNeece and Krystal Davis for senior night as they played their final game at Peg Cain Field.
With the loss, coach Morgan Harpole’s squad sits in fourth place in the district standings with a 3-6 record.
Van swept the season series with an 8-2 loss earlier in the season at Van.
The Lady Hornets will wrap up the regular season Tuesday night on the road at Mabank.
First pitch for the varsity contest is set to begin around 7:30 p.m.
Athens (12-9-1 overall) gave up five runs in the third inning and six runs in the sixth inning against the Lady Vandals.
In the third inning, the Lady Vandals opened the inning as Caitlinn Peden worked a walk to reach off starting pitcher Kristin House.
On the next at-bat, Hallee Carter sent the first pitch over the right field wall for the 3-2 lead.
After a ground out on the next at-bat, House gave up back-to-back singles before Haleigh Moore smacked a triple that scored Kylee Moore and Nicole Gandy to put the game out of reach.
In the sixth, Van scored their six runs as they brought 10 batters to the plate.
Earlier in the game, the Lady Hornets had the game tied at 1-1 as McKenzie Fowler was able to drive in Haley Durden from third base off starting pitcher Autumn Williams.
The Lady Hornets had a chance to break the game open during that inning as they had the bases loaded with two outs, but Williams was able to get Sarah Red to strikeout to end the inning.
In the second inning, Athens held their only lead of the game as Kelli Gartman led off the inning with a single.
Hadley Cain then hit a sacrifice bunt and Gartman reached third on an error by the left field on Durden’s at-bat to put runners on the corners.
Gartman came around to score on the throw for the 2-1 lead.
Williams was able to get out of the inning as she forced a groundout and a strikeout to end the threat.
The Lady Hornets were unable to get any runners past second base for the remainder of the game.
Leading the way for Athens at the plate was Cain — as she went 2-for-2. House went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
AHS also had hits from Durden, Sam Smith, Davis, Fowler and Gartman. Fowler also had an RBI for the Lady Hornets.
House recorded the loss as she threw a complete-game 12 hitter with one strikeout and four walks.