Struggles continue for Lady Titans

McDowell's Jaden Shuford steps into the batter's box during a recent game. Josh Davis/blueridgesportsphotography.com

The McDowell Lady Titans dropped their fourth consecutive Northwestern 3A/4A Conference softball game on Thursday night, losing to West Caldwell 6-4 at Titan Field. 

The loss is a continuation of what has been a rough past two weeks of play for McDowell (8-9 overall, 7-4 NWC), losing four straight in the league and going from just a game behind conference leader South Caldwell to a third-place tie with Watauga. 

West Caldwell (7-9, 5-7) scored three runs in both the top halves of the fourth and seventh innings, producing a hole too deep for the Lady Titans to climb out from.

Cam Crisp had a big day at the plate for the Lady Warriors with two a home run and a double. Crisp’s homer was a decisive, three-run blast to center field off McDowell pitcher Candace Cooper (6.1 IP, 6R, 6H, 7K, 2BB) with one out in the seventh. Crisp had five RBIs total for the game.

The Lady Titans did try to mount a comeback in their last time at bat, scoring four times.

Jaden Shuford singled and Laynie Hudgins reached on an error. Then, after Alexa Poplin moved the runners over on a grounder, Jessica Cannon got McDowell on the board down 6-2 with a one-out double to left.

Then, with two outs, Jada Cannon doubled in her twin sister and Cooper slapped an RBI single, getting the Lady Titans within two runs. Unfortunately the rally ended with Kirsten Melvin grounding out to second base to end the game. 

McDowell finished the game with eight hits but stranded a total of 13 runners. 

Cooper and Jada Cannon had two hits each. Dezi Williams, along with Shuford, Hudgins and Jessica Cannon, added a hit apiece. 

McDowell returns to action Monday, hosting Hickory (5 p.m. start varsity only). 

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