Softball falls to top-ranked Ballard

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Madison Williams (12, #21) with the pitch late in Tuesday’s game.

Shea Dobson

A clash between two of the top teams in the state ended toughly for Manual, as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Ballard Bruins.

The Crimsons are now 7-4 on the season.

The game started well for Manual, after pitcher Madison Williams (11, #21) had two strikeouts and allowed no hits in the first inning. The Crimsons then went to the bat, and Abigail Harper (11, #8) stole 3rd base after a single by Clare Hachten (12, #3), and proceeded to score after another single from Gracie Pounders (9, #20). However, Ballard took control after this, scoring three unanswered runs in the next three innings and holding Manual scoreless towards the end to secure their victory.

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Hachten hit an RBI to advance the score to 1-0 Manual early in the game. Photo by Shea Dobson.

Manual players were in high spirits despite the loss.

“We played a good game,” second baseman Kristen Smith (11, #2) said. “We didn’t really make any errors. If we played them again we’d beat them.”

The Crimsons will have chance to redeem themselves tomorrow at Bullitt Central at 5 pm.