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Lady Panthers offense struggles at home

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Mabank falls in tight game against Brownsboro


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MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers dropped a hardly fought contest against the Brownsboro Bearettes April 9 at home.
Carlee Cline got the start on the stripe for the Lady Panthers. Cline turned in a 1-2-3 inning as she shut down the Brownsboro batters in order in the top of the first inning. Mabank would fail to get a baserunner aboard in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bearettes led off the second inning with a ringing triple to right center field. A sacrifice bunt by the next batter would give Brownsboro the first lead of the night as they moved ahead 1-0. Mabank third baseman Hannah Hanes would snag a line drive down the line to end the inning for Brownsboro.
After the Lady Panthers went down in order in the bottom of the second inning, two straight walks and a bunt back to the pitcher loaded the bases with no outs for the Lady Bearettes. An error on a ground ball to the pitcher, an RBI sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout rounded out the offense for Brownsboro as they tacked on three runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead.
Despite a leadoff single and a two-out walk from Ashton Wallace, the Lady Panthers failed to plate a run in the bottom half of the inning as they trailed entering the fifth inning.
The Mabank defense went to work in the fifth inning as a groundout to the shortstop turned into a double play as a throw down to third base ended with the Bearettes runner being tagged out to end the inning.
The Bearettes would add two more runs on an RBI single and an RBI groundout to take a 6-0 lead heading to the seventh inning.
Hanes and Cline had back-to-back walks for the Lady Panthers in the bottom of the seventh inning. A sacrifice fly from Ashley Tupper allowed both runners to advance to second and third base with one out.
An infield RBI single from Brooke Smith plated the lone run for the Lady Panthers as their comeback came up short as Mabank fell 6-1 to the Bearettes.
Mabank sits at 18-10 overall and 1-6 in district play after their loss to Brownsboro. The Lady Panthers return to the field Tuesday, April 16 on the road as they face off against the Canton Eaglettes with first pitch set for 6:45 p.m.


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