Manila saw its season come to a sudden end Friday afternoon in the first round of the Class 3A State Softball Tournament at Parkers Chapel, losing 7-0 at the hands Elkins, the number four seed from Region 1.
"We picked a bad day to play a bad game," said Lion Coach Jeff Priest. "It's very disappointing after playing so well in last week's regionals. We thought we were really set up to make a strong run in this year's tournament, but we just didn't play well.
"Our highlights on the day were by Jonna Dodd and Katie Donner. Dodd threw out two base runners trying to steal while Donner played despite having a broken hand. She used her glove on her opposite hand and made a pair of put-outs.
"I am very proud of the kids. We've had an outstanding season.We went 19-4 and all four of our losses were against state tournament teams.We won our conference championship and the regionals, which are great accomplishments," concluded Priest.
Kristen Painter, Leigha Woody, and Jonna Dodd all had singles for the Lady Lions. Kimberly Wise went the distance, striking out four while giving up four earned runs on the day.
Elkins banged out 12 hits on the afternoon, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning to break the game open. Elkins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and increased their advantage to 3-0 after four innings of play. Dingledine's three run blast gave the Lady Elks a 6-0 lead. Elkins tacked on one more run in the seventh inning to set the final score.