MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville High School girls softball team was unable to complete its rally against visiting Savannah on Senior Night Tuesday.
The Spoofhounds (6-9) played for the second night in a row in Maryville as the Hounds fell 5-3 to the Savages in an extra-innings matchup.
Maryville was coming off of a 3-2 win against North Platte heading into Tuesday's conference matchup. The Spoofhounds dual with the Panthers also lasted eight innings. This marked the third time Maryville had played more than seven innings.
“We just need to get some offensive things rolling and get our heads where they need to be and I think the last two nights have proved we’re on the right path for that,” coach Chandra DeMott said.
Savannah wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as in the top of the first inning the Savages ran a double steal. Although the Hounds were able to get the runner attempting to steal second out, the runner on third was able to cross the plate safely.
Both teams were quiet at the plate not threating to score until the top of the fifth inning when the Savages left two on base. DeMott said the early offensive struggles were a result of trying to figure the pitcher out.
“This pitcher has a nasty rise ball,” DeMott said. “The girls struggled to hit it. I believe the last time we faced her we had 15 or 16 strikeouts that game and that’s where she’s been consistently sitting. She’s solid but we talk to the girls a lot about if you can put it in play … sometimes they’ll struggle.”
Maryville would put up two runs thanks to two Savages errors and take a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.
With its backs against the wall, Savannah was able to scrape across two runs to take the lead and put the Spoofhounds in the same position they were in.
Maryville responded. Needing to score one to continue play, junior Briley Watkins singled in the runner from second and advanced on the throw.
In the top of the next inning, the Savages scored two quick runs on a single then a double steal. The Hounds were unable to match Savannah.
After the game seniors Jessica Finch, Riley Gray, Kaytlynn Hall and Jana Walker were honored after the game for their service to the softball program. All four of them will be going into the nursing field.
“They’re just a solid group of girls,” DeMott said. “They consistently don’t give up. They all are looking at going into the nursing field. They’re all pretty good about persevering and doing what they need to do. We’re definitely going to take a hit when they’re gone.”
The Spoofhounds have one final home game on their schedule. Maryville will host DeKalb in a non-conference matchup at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.