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Lady Panthers bust loose vs. Hall

SPRING VALLEY — Tuesday’s conference match-up between Hall and Putnam County turned nasty late for the Lady Red Devils softball team.

Going into the fifth, Putnam County was up a slim 1-0 before their bats exploded to add six runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to win 13-1. Hall’s only run came in the bottom of the sixth when Rebecca Herrmann went yard.

“I don’t like that one to nothing stuff,” PC coach Chris Walker said. “When we got into the game we hit the ball well. That’s the thing. The St. Bede game, I have to thank them because that’s when we started hitting the ball. I mean we are hitting the ball hard now. We’ve been averaging about 11 hits the last four games. That’s a good thing.”

In the top of the fifth, things got out of control for Hall. PC’s Lauren Colby hit a lead-off double. After the next batter struck out, PC’s Monica Monroe singled and drove in Colby. Monroe was able to score on a catching error at short when Annie Miller hit a grounder.

Then Stephanie Wilson drove in Miller. Only a fly out by Allison Voss interrupted the volley. By the time PC had made it through the entire order they were up 7-1. Hall, who had three errors in the inning, went three up and three down on offense.

“(They had) a lead-off double, then an out and they got an extra run, then we got two outs and they scored five runs with two outs. Then we had an error … and they scored five runs else it would have been a two to nothing game going into the sixth inning,” Hall coach Pete Kasperski said.

Hall relieved Stocking and brought in Heide Neilson in the top of the sixth, but PC matched its fifth inning play going through the entire order and adding six more runs. Stocking then returned to close the inning out.

Rebecca Herrmann hit a home run in the bottom of the inning with one out, but that would be Hall’s only score in the game. The game was ended after the sixth due to the 10-run rule.

Stephanie Stocking was the losing pitcher while ace Lady Panther Shelby Yepsen chalked up another fine performance.

Both teams began the game by loading the bases in the first and then stranding the runners. After that, not much happened before the fifth.

Hall went three up and three down in the second, while PC stranded two more base runners. PC’s Monica Monroe got a base hit in the top of the third and was subsequently driven in by Annie Miller. Hall’s Brenna Faletti slapped a thundering double in the bottom of the third but was stranded.

In the fourth, Hall’s defense took care of business getting three quick out, but were also unable to score.

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