The Dunsmuir Tigers dropped a softball doubleheader to Elk Creek last week, 2-1 and 10-2.
Jessica Hatten and Jamie Kirch both hit the ball hard in game one, according to coach Ray Kellar.
Kirch was 2 for 3 at bat and Krystal Palmer was 1 for 3 as was Elenna Vigil.
Elk Creek produced their runs in the 2nd and 4th innings, and the Tigers scored their only run in the 5th. In the 6th and 7th innings, “We just couldn’t get the runs home,” the coach said.
Palmer pitched and had 14 strikeouts in the game.
In game two the Tigers started strong when leadoff hitter Hatten scored the first run. But in the 3rd inning Elk Creek exploded with 6 hits and 8 runs. In the 5th inning Tiger hitter Allie Belzer had a double to drive in a run but that wasn’t enough to overcome the Elk Creek lead. Palmer and Hatten split the pitching duties.
“The girls showed tremendous growth in the last four weeks,” Kellar said. “Having a relatively young and inexperienced team lends itself to hard work and team and personal growth. The young ladies have worked hard the last few weeks to make themselves better despite the lack of field time.”