The Tigerettes dropped their game over the weekend against Abernathy, losing 13-8 in a tight game that was back and forth throughout.
Slaton grabbed the lead in the first inning and went up 1-0, but Abernathy stormed back in the second. The Lady Lopes scored 5 runs in their half of the inning and Slaton answered with four of their own in the bottom half to keep the score tied at 5-5 after two. Both pitchers seemed to settle down in the third inning as both teams were held scoreless in the inning.
“Amaya (Flores) made a couple of huge plays early in the game and the team hit the ball well, we just didn’t get the one big hit we needed. There were some good things we did, but a couple things didn’t go our way today,” Slaton Head Coach Brandon Langston said.
Abernathy and the Tigerettes traded two runs a piece in the fourth inning, making the score 7-7. Both teams were held scoreless in the fifth.
The Lady Lopes added three runs to their total in the top of the sixth inning but once again the Tigerettes fought back to make a game of it. Slaton looked poised to tie the game after scoring one run and two runners on, but a pop up ended what looked to be a promising inning for the Tigerettes. Which gave Abernathy a 10-8 lead.
“These two games have been a matter of inches, if a ball bounces differently a couple of times in these games then this may be an entirely different story than what it is right now,” Langston said.
Abernathy pulled away in the seventh inning, notching on three more runs in the inning and Slaton was unable to respond. The Tigerettes failed to score in the final half inning, ending their six game win streak in the process.
“We’re still in a very good spot for playoffs, we would need help to win district, but second place is still a great spot to be in for playoffs this year. We just have to put this loss behind us, get ready for next week and keep playing like we have been,” Langston said.
The Tigerettes also lost on Monday to Brownfield 12- 11. With the two losses the Tigerettes dropped to second in district with a 6-3 record in district overall. Slaton will next play against Littlefield on Saturday (April 6).