CC-C loses two close MSAC games to Breckenridge

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:46 pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CARSON CITY — Carson City- Crystal’s softball team came close to doubling their win total.

But the Eagles remained at two wins on the season after dropping both ends of a Mid-State Activities Conference doubleheader to Breckenridge, 7-5 and 3-2 on Tuesday.

Carson City-Crystal’s Claire Adkinson, right, slides into the tag of Breckenridge’s Anyssa Betancourt during the first game of the teams’ MSAC doubleheader Tuesday.

“We just weren’t swinging the bats hard in that first game,” CC- C coach Bob Naumann said. “We just weren’t taking a lot of aggressive swings.”

The other problem was the Eagles were behind before they even got to bat. The Huskies (8-9, 7-3) scored four times in the top of the first inning and added another run in the third and two more in the fourth before CC-C (2-12, 0-8) could get their first run.

That run came in the fifth when Alyssa McMillan singled, went to third on Rachel Stout’s single and scored on a Kirsten Andrews fielder’s choice.

But things got interesting in the bottom of the seventh when Claire Adkinson hit a grand slam home run to make the score 7-5. It was her first career out-of-the-park home run.

“It was kind of right down the middle,” Adkinson said of the pitch. “It just came right in my zone.”

Adkinson was “a little bit” surprised “ because I’ve never hit one over the fence,” she said. “It felt really good.”

“That made it exciting because at that point because we still had some good hitters coming up that could have made it a ball game,” Naumann said. “That didn’t happen.”

But that was the end of the scoring.

Maddy Smith got the win for the Huskies despite allowing eight hits. She struck out five and walked one.

Nikki Tyler took the loss, allowing seven runs on 13 hits and two walks, striking out two. She also led the offense with three hits while Adkinson had two.

Smith was one of five Breckenridge players to get two hits each.

Carson City-Crystal’s Heidi Strayer hits a slap hit during the Eagles’ first game of two against Breckenridge on Tuesday.

The second game was a lot closer. Naumann said the first game had a little something to do with it.

“I think it gave us some confidence that going into this ball game 2-10 and coming back and making it a 7-5 score gave us the confidence that we could beat this team,” Naumann said.

The Eagles got two runs in the top of the fourth on three walks, a fielder’s choice by Taylor Reeder and an RBI single by McMillan.

But Breckenridge scored a run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The game-winner came in the sixth on a wild pitch that scored Alyssa Betancourt.

“Disappointed we took some called strike threes, which is something I really preach with the girls,” Naumann said. “It’s a pet peeve of mine. I want them to put the ball in play and give us a chance to win.”

McMillan took the loss in the second game, giving up five hits, striking out six and walking two.

Sophomore Syd Willman was the winning pitcher for the Huskies, scattering four hits to four different Eagles, fanning four including all three looking in the fifth inning.

Kylie Brown was the only Huskie to get two hits.

“It’s not fun but we worked hard and we came really close,” Adkinson said. “ It’s better than what we have been doing.”

The Eagles will get back into action today at Shepherd.

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