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Eagles cant get over the hump against Snohomish
Kate Nicely filled in at pitcher extremely well for Christina Rayner, supported her own cause at the plate, and gave Arlingtons fastpitch team a chance to win.
It wasnt enough in the April 27 meeting with Snohomish as a fifth-inning single scored the winning run for the visitors. The 4-3 loss frustrated coach Danny Eng.
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Thats how it feels right now. Were working hard and playing well, but were not happy with the results, obviously.
There were plenty of early fireworks as both teams scored three times in the first inning. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom half of the inning, Kate Nicely smacked a two RBI double to bring the Eagles back into the game. Ally Milless followed it up with a run-scoring grounder to knot the score at 3-3.
After the first, Nicely settled in on the mound and kept Snohomish off the score sheet in the second, third and fourth innings. Unfortunately, the Eagles failed to capitalize in their own offensive frames and headed into the fifth as the score remained 3-3.
That was when Snohomish broke the deadlock with a leadoff double followed by a single to score the eventual winning run.
Trailing 4-3, Arlington certainly had their chance to retaliate. In the bottom half of the sixth inning Sheena Twitchell led off with a triple. But she remained on third base as nobody behind her could drive home the much needed tying run.
Snohomish escaped with their lead intact and Arlington did not threaten again, falling 4-3.
Afterwards, coach Eng talked about the upcoming goals.
Right now we need to concentrate on making districts. Once were in districts, its a new season for everybody. Well all start out 0-0.
Ally Milless saw room for improvement in the team.
Were trying to cancel out that one bad inning that we seem to have every game. Weve got to make sure we work on that before districts.
Kate Nicely agreed with Milless.
Were not getting key hits at the right time. Weve also got to get ready for districts by eliminating our errors.
Nobody seemed satisfied with the close-but-no-cigar losses of the past few weeks. The team plays again May 4 at home against Monroe.