Lady Lions fall to Bismarck, 2-0

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Manila's Lady Lions proved to be their own worst enemy, losing four runners on the basepaths, including one at home plate, in a 2-0 loss to Bismarck in the first round of the 3A State Softball Tournament Friday afternoon at Pine Bluff.

Manila catcher Jonna Dodd readies to make the catch following an unsuccesful swing by a Bismarck player during state tournament action Friday afternoon at Pine Bluff. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

The Lady Lions threatened in the opening inning but lost two runners to stop a promising rally. Kimberly Wise opened the game with an infield hit but was thrown out attempting to steal second. Kristen Painter drilled a two-out single to right field and Jonna Dodd followed with another base knock, but Painter was thrown out attempting to reach third, ending the inning.

Manila threatened again in the top of the fourth when Brooke Hill reached first with a two-out infield hit. Jonna Dodd walked to put runners at first and second before Colleen Kemp followed with another infield hit, but Hill was thrown out at home attempting to score, thwarting the Lady Lion rally.

Manila's Brooke Hill eyes the softball during her at bat in the Class 3A State Tournament Friday afternoon at Pine Bluff. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

Bismarck broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Melissa Camras.

Bismarck came back with their second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Kirsten Maholic led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by lead off hitter Haley Matlock. Sarah Camras' groundout advanced Matlock to third. Maholic then scored on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Kimberly Wise.

The Lions were unable to solve winning pitcher Melissa Walker, who fired a five-hit shutout. Wise went the distance for the Lady Lions, striking out seven, walking two while giving up five hits.

Jonna Dodd led the Lady Lions with a pair of hits, while Painter, Kemp and Wise all had a hit apiece for Manila.

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