Late-winter woes continue for Lady Titans softball team

McDowell Lady Titans shortstop Jessica Cannon tries to tag out a runner during a recent game. McDowell fell to South Caldwell in the conference opener Thursday. Josh Davis/

The McDowell Lady Titans finished up a busy, three-game schedule this week losing to South Caldwell 7-3 Thursday evening in a contest moved up a day because of expected weather issues.

The contest was the third game in as many days, and going back to include last Saturday’s double header, at Crest, McDowell (1-5 overall, 1-1 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) has played five games in a six-day stretch.

The Lady Titans continued to show difficulty in securing the ball defensively, committing four errors against the Lady Spartans. That, combined with Candace Cooper’s outing on the mound, gave South Caldwell too many opportunities at the plate. The senior went the distance, allowing seven runs (three earned) on 10 hits. Cooper struck out five and walked three.

South used a first-inning run to gain an early advantage. McDowell then evened the score with a run of its own in the third.

The most decisive frame was in the fourth when the visitors pushed across four runs, regaining the momentum, and from there McDowell was playing from behind the rest of the game.

The Lady did push across their second run of the game in that same inning to get back to a 5-2 margin but could get no closer.

Both teams added single runs in the sixth and South Caldwell padded its margin with one more in the seventh.

Sophomore Reagan Weisner (HR, triple, 3RBIs) had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-4. Jenna Pittman (6.2 IP, 3R, 6H, 8K, BB) took the win on the mound.

Jada Cannon (2 for 4, RBI), Kirsten Melvin (2 for 3, R) and Madison Wills (2 for 3, R) had two hits apiece for McDowell. Cooper, Jessica Cannon and Nicole Gallion (1 for 3, 2RBIs) added a hit apiece.

McDowell will hit the road on Tuesday, visiting Watauga.





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