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Bowie loses first game in three-team playoff against Paradise

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With a playoff birth and a higher seed on the line, the Bowie softball team came up just short on Monday of securing that in the first game of the three-team playoff on Monday in Henrietta.
Following their 15-0 three inning win at Nocona on Friday that saw the Lady Rabbits play great, it set up a three team tie for the third, fourth and fifth spot in district between Paradise and Boyd.
The first day happened on Monday at Henrietta with Paradise and Boyd playing the first game. Paradise ended up winning so Bowie played them right after win. If the Lady Rabbits won, they would secure not only a playoff spot, but the third seed.
Bowie looked to strike early in the top of the first. Taylor McCarty got on base with a one out single. She stole second the next batter hit a bouncing grounder towards third base that forced the third basemen to come get it to get the out at first.
This allowed McCarty to advance to third and then made the aggressive attempt to reach for home. The throw home had to be perfect and in a play that was so close it could have gone either way, McCarty was called out and the inning was over.
The Lady Panthers were able to strike first in the bottom of the first. A player got on base with a one out single. The next batter hit a double to right field that scored the base runner to go up 1-0. The batter advanced to third on the throw home and with only one out, Paradise looked to be in position to score more.
Luckily, pitcher Kalee Case was able to strike out the next batter and force the next batter to fly out to left field to end the first inning.
Bowie looked to try and equal them with a leadoff walk drawn by Gracie Bentley. The next batter grounded into a fielder’s choice out at second. Season Eudey replaced the runner at first. She advanced to second on a sacrificed bunt for the second out. Next batter Callie Melton hit a ground ball single to shortstop that put runners at the corners. Unfortunately, the next batter struck out for the third out.
The next inning was the one that got away from the Lady Rabbits. Six hits, a hit batter and a drawn walk scored six runs for the Lady Panthers to put them up 7-0. Maylie Short had to be brought in to give Paradise a different look as they were hitting every ball in the strike zone. Bowie was able to put two runners on base in the top of the third with two outs as Short drew a walk and Katelyn Allison was hit a by a pitch. Again, the next batter could not get them home as they struck out to end the scoring chance.
A leadoff walk from Paradise looked like they may not be done extending their lead, but catcher Carrington Davis was able to catch the base runner trying to steal second with a perfect throw for the first out. Short was able to strike out the next batter and force a ground out to second base to end the third.
Bowie finally got on the board in the fourth inning. Davis led off with a double that she extended into a triple due to an error. Chelsey Ketchum drew a walk and Emily Cox was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs.
Next batter Short was able to draw a walk to score a run and cut the lead to 7-1. Unfortunately, the next batter grounded out to the shortstop before the Lady Rabbits could do any more damage.
Paradise extended their lead more in the bottom of the fourth. They were able to load the bases with two outs. The next batter hit a ground ball and Bowie committed an error that allowed two runs to score and put the Lady Panthers up 9-1.
In the top of the fifth, Allison led off by drawing a walk. She was able to advance to second on a sacrifice bunt. Davis then drew a walk. They both advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Melton was then able to hit a fly ball to center field for a double that scored both runners and cut the lead down to 9-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
With Short forcing the next three batters to fly out without much resistance, it looked like the momentum was swinging their way, but they were running out of innings.
In the top of the sixth, Short got on base with a one out double to left field. She was able to advance to third with a throwing error. McCarty drew a walk and was able to steal second. Next batter Allison was able to hit a line drive single that scored both runners to cut the lead to 9-5.
After a ground out, Davis was able to reach first due to throwing error that put runners at the corners with two outs. Unfortunately, the next batter grounded out to second base to put an end to any more scoring. Short and the defense kept the momentum going with a strike out and two infield pop ups heading into the final inning.
Unfortunately, that momentum did not get going in the seventh innings. The Lady Rabbits grounded out twice and struck out to end the game, losing 9-5.

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Nocona vs Saint Jo
The Nocona Indians won both games in their double-header against Saint Jo on Thursday.
The Indians won game one 21-5 and then game two 12-1 after four and half innings.
With the bad weather earlier in the week and the busy spring schedule, the two schools agreed to a double-header on the unusual day instead of two games on different days like normal.
Last year, the smaller 1A Panthers had easily beaten Nocona in the games. This year, the Indians got some revenge.
Nocona was up 8-0 after the first two innings, but Saint Jo did a good job of hold the Indians scoreless for the next three. The Panthers scored one run on offense during this time to catch up a bit even though they still trailed 8-3.
The Nocona bats picked back up at the end, scoring five runs in the sixth inning to go up 13-3.
Saint Jo needed to score at least one run to prevent the game from ending early. The Panthers came through with two runs to go to the seventh and final inning.
The Indians got rolling, scoring eight runs to make the final score laughable. Saint Jo’s bats could not answer and Nocona won 21-5.
The second game started and the Panthers led 1-0 after the first inning. Unfortunately for Saint Jo, the Indian offense woke up in the second inning and scored nine runs to break the game open.
Nocona added three runs in the third inning and coasted to win after four and half innings 12-1.

Missing scores
The Bellevue baseball team has not updated it scores from its previous game on the GameChanger app.

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Softball Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians lost at Collinsville on Monday in a game that got away from them.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3, but with the Lady Indians committing six fielding errors, half the runs given up were unearned.
Nocona was down 3-0 after the first two innings before its bats picked things up in the third inning.
With two runners on base and one out, Abby Hill hit a double that scored one run. Tinley Cable followed and hit a fly out to center field, but it was deep enough to get another run home after tagging up.
The Lady Indians trailed 3-2.
Nocona just could not keep Collinsville off the board however. The Lady Pirates scored at least one run in every inning, with two runs in the second and fourth innings.
The Lady Indians were down 8-2 heading into the final inning and tried to stage a late game rally.
With two runners on base and one out, Skye Kirby grounded out to the shortstop for an out, but it drove one run home. Unfortunately, the next batter flew out to center field for out three to end the game.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3.

Missing scores
Saint Jo scores from its previous two games are not on the GameChanger app.

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Bowie baseball loses to Iowa Park

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It was a game to forget for the Bowie Jackrabbits baseball team on Wednesday against Iowa Park.
The Hawks won 13-1 in six innings to win by run-rule against the Jackrabbits.
Bowie was coming off a competitive, but losing effort against Jacksboro, but knew Iowa Park would be just as tough or better with the Hawks sitting in second place in the district standings.
The Jackrabbits had lost the first game at Iowa Park in 7-3, with most of the action happening in the later innings, so they knew they could play with the Hawks. Unfortunately, Bowie did not show it on Wednesday.
Iowa Park scored three runs in the opening inning to grab a lead it would never let go. It forced the Jackrabbits to change pitchers to get out of the inning after giving up two doubles, a single, two walks and a hit batter.
Down 3-0, Bowie showed some fight in the same inning. Rayder Mann took advantage of a dropped third strike to get on base with one out. Troy Kesey hit a double and Seth Mann drew a walk to load the bases up.
After a strikeout, Hayden Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch, which allowed one run to some in and score to cut the lead to 3-1.
Iowa Park scored one run in the second inning, but it was the third inning that broke the game open.
Seven walks, two singles and a hit batter allowed the Hawks to score six runs to up their lead to 10-1. Bowie cycled through three pitchers during the inning.
While the Jackrabbit bats did have several chances to score with runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings, the chances dried up as the game went along.
Iowa Park scored three runs on three singles and a double in the sixth inning to go up 13-1.
Bowie would need to score at least three runs to prevent the game from stopping early.
Unfortunately, despite a one out drawn walk, the Jackrabbits did not threaten to score and the game did end early.
Iowa Park won 13-1.

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