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Potosi’s defense falters after building a big lead – Daily Journal Online
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Potosi’s defense falters after building a big lead – Daily Journal Online

Potosi’s defense falters after building a big lead – Daily Journal Online

Potosi first baseman Harlee Kley catches a throw to eliminate Houston hitter Katie Scheets (10) during the third inning of a Class 2, District 3 semifinal softball game on Tuesday in Potosi. (Matt King, Daily Journal)

By MATT KING

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POTOSI – The foundation was laid for a potential postseason upset when the Potosi softball team scored three runs in each of the first two innings on Tuesday.

But several well-known flaws in the Lady Trojans’ defensive focus and communication offered top-seeded Houston an opportunity to quickly regroup.

Potosi third baseman Lucy Degonia hits a two-run double during the first inning of a Class 2, District 3 semifinal softball game against Houston on Tuesday in Potosi. (Matt King, Daily Journal)

Solid relief pitching from Lilly Kinkaid helped the Lady Tigers prevail 12-7 in the Class 2, District 3 semifinals after storming back with seven runs during their half of the second.

Third baseman Katy Evans provided the go-ahead score, a two-run single when 11 batters came to the plate, and finished 3-for-4 with a subsequent double.

Ashley Gilbert, Gracyn McMiell and leadoff hitter Lacey Cavaness each added two hits as Houston (18-3) advanced to face West County for the title on Thursday.

Two missed and dropped flyouts plus a throwing error led to a string of unearned runs against Potosi pitcher Lani Elder, who struck out three and allowed 12 hits in a complete game.

Potosi (12-13) unofficially committed six errors to undo his excellent start at the plate. Double play by Kallee Logsden and Lucy Degonia gave them a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The Lady Tigers also suffered a few costly misplays behind starter Kelsie Pritchett, who yielded three more hits in the second inning before Kinkaid came into the circle.

Sabra Brown singled and scored on a Jade Ramsey ground ball before Elder sliced ​​an RBI double to the opposite field. Ava Wright added another single, and Lily Bryan walked with still no outs.

Kinkaid inherited runners on the corners, but provided a real momentum shift by keeping the margin at 6-0. Logsden was tagged out on a key fielder’s choice as Evans threw home.

Matt King, Daily Journal Potosi left fielder Sabra Brown runs the bases after hitting a leadoff single during the first inning of a Class 2, District 3 semifinal softball game against Houston on Tuesday in Potosi. (Matt King, Daily Journal)

Evans and McNiell paced Houston with back-to-back singles, and both players scored on a drive to right field that might have gone unseen for a moment.

Makinley Aaron continued the comeback with a two-run double to left center field. The Lady Tigers never looked back after Evans drove in two more.

Cavaness singled and Kincaid doubled in the third inning, and the margin increased to 10-6 when shortstop Shannon Riddle and Degonia connected on a routine pop-up that landed off a glove.

Evans doubled and scored in the fourth in answer to a run by Potosi at 11-7, and Houston took advantage of two more errors in the bottom of the fifth.

Kincaid yielded just one unearned run with one strikeout in six efficient innings. She retired 12 of the last 14 Potosi batters.

Harlee Kley collected both hits against Kincaid on a single and a double to finish 2-for-3. Elder scored a team-high three times and reached base four times.

The fourth-seeded Lady Trojans had a starting lineup without seniors.

Gilbert highlighted her performance for Houston with a sixth-inning triple that rattled the top of the protective covering atop the right-center field fence.

Potosi pitcher Lani Elder slides safely to second base on an outfield error, while Houston shortstop Sophia Crites gets a late throw during the fourth inning of a Class 2, District 3 semifinal softball game on Tuesday in Potosi.

Potosi shortstop Shannon Riddle fields a ground ball to get a final force out during the first inning of a Class 2, District 3 semifinal softball game against Houston on Tuesday in Potosi.