Lady Panthers softball season ends in playoff loss to Bryson

Elaina Everson goes to tag a Bryson runner out trying to steal second base.

The Saint Jo Lady Panthers played their one game playoff against Bryson on Thursday.
The Cowgirls won 18-3 after five innings due to run-rule to end the Lady Panthers first full season.
Saint Jo was coming into the game following its second win of the season against Alvord that it won by a big margin. The Lady Panthers knew competing with a better Bryson team would take their best game of the season. Following one of the best practices of the season, Coach Kelly Skidmore was hopeful.
The good news was Saint Jo avoided having a truly ugly inning on defense, with six runs in the fourth inning being a game high. Some bad throws that resulted in errors on defense led to some frustrating sequences.
The Lady Panthers pitching struggled to throw strikes as the Cowgirls drew 15 walks that made hits hurt that much worse with runners on base at almost all times.
Still, Saint Jo produced a quick and scoreless fifth inning, one of the few the team had all season.
With the bats, Saint Jo had some trouble making contact against the Cowgirl’s ace pitcher, but did get on base enough to take advantage of Bryson’s mistakes to score some runs. Krista Reeves drove in two runs and Taylor Patrick had two hits and stole five bases to lead the team.

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