Lady Redbirds battle on the field, end up short

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Mckinzie Marshall gets ready to whip the ball in from the outfield earlier this season at home.

Another two Mid-Illini Conference losses were stuck to the Metamora varsity softball teams record with games against Limestone and Canton.

The Lady Redbirds suffered another loss after a 4-0 defeat to Notre Dame in a non-conference game.

Limestone 8, Metamora 7

The Lady Redbirds had a long, hard 10-inning fight at Limestone April 29 but came up short for the loss, 8-7.

Kara Hartnett was the first to put a run on the board after a single to third base and then stealing second and third.

With Mckinzie Marshall at the plate, a wild pitch was able to get Hartnett across the plate.

Limestone responded in the bottom of the first with one run from a runner on third crossing home after the batter grounded out to the shortstop.

In the second, Limestone had its big inning to post another five runs.

After a Rocket run was scored, the bases were loaded and a grand slam over the center field fence made it a 6-1 game.

Marshall retaliated in the third with the first pitch of the inning knocked out of the park over center.

The Lady Redbirds lessened the deficit in the fourth with three runs.

The bases were loaded with Chloe Harman on third and a single to the shortstop by Hartnett was able to get her home.

With Hartnett on second and Jacki Daniel on third, Marshall had a line drive to center to get the two across home for the last runs on the inning.

Limestone had another in the fourth to make it a 7-5 game.

On Metamora’s last chance before extra innings in the top of the seventh, the Lady Redbirds were able to make it a tie.

With Marshall on second after a line drive to center, Barrow knocked one to right for an RBI off Marshall crossing the plate. 

Barrow was able to reach third on the next at bat and with Brooke Ahrens up next, she was able to score on a passed ball for the tieing run.

Both Metamora and Limestone were scoreless until the bottom of the 10th.

A Limestone runner was able to advance to third with two outs on the board. On a 2-1 count, the Rocket batter doubled to center to send the game-winning run home.

Marshall led at the plate going 3-for-3 and finished with three RBIs.

Barrow and Hartnett closed with one RBI apiece.

Allison Guzman was on the mound for two innings and DeLaney Tjaden was on for 7.2 and had six strikeouts.

Canton 5, Metamora 2

In the second M-I game in week six, Metamora fell 5-2.

The Lady Redbirds had the first two runs of the game. The first was by Tjaden scoring on a Canton error and the second was from Harman knocking one to center for Litviak to score.

Canton answered back in the third with a three-run homer for the game-long lead.

Another three runs were posted to Canton’s score in the sixth and Metamora couldn’t come back in the seventh after going 3-up-3-down.

Litviak when 2-for-3 at the plate and Harman had the only RBI for Metamora.

Tjaden was on the mound for six strikeouts.

Notre Dame 4, Metamora 0

After the loss to ND, Metamora’s record was set back to 7-16.

The Irish gained an early lead with two runs in the first and had its third in the fourth.

Metamora had just two hits for the game to ND’s six.

Tjaden received the loss on the mound with two strikeouts.