A busy but cold day of softball resulted in three games for Hutsonville-Palestine's softball team, but the Lady Tigers netted just one win at the Noble Tournament.
In their opening game, Hutsonville-Palestine edged Vandalia 4-3, then lost to Red Hill 4-2 and Edwards County 8-7.
"Considering we had only been on the diamond for one full practice, it wasn't a bad outing," HHS-PHS head coach Nancy Guyer said. "We had a lot of trial and error, but we were in every game."
Against Vandalia, the Lady Tigers struck for two runs in the first, but Vandalia came back with three runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Hutsonville-Palestine tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third, then the Lady Tigers scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth, when Katie Williams drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Taci Newlin for the walk-off victory.
Williams had a base hit and three runs batted in to pace the Lady Tigers at the plate, while Kendyl Surrells doubled, scored two runs and drove in a run. Newlin and Emily Nehls each singled and scored a run, Halen Revalee added a triple and Nicole Kiger had a single.
Surrells earned the win on the mound, allowing three runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out four in five innings of work.
Against Red Hill, the Lady Tigers fell behind 3-0 after the first inning and could not climb all the way out of the hole. Red Hill added another run in the third, while Hutsonville-Palestine scored twice in the fourth to avoid the shutout. The game was stopped after four innings due to the one-hour time limit.
Becky Mendenhall singled and drove in two runs to lead the Hutsonville-Palestine offense, while Kiger singled and scored a run. Revalee added a base hit and Surrells scored a run.
Surrells took the loss on the mound, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out one in two and two-thirds innings. Myranda Napier finished up on the mound, striking out one batter in one and one-third scoreless innings of relief.
In the third-place game, the Lady Tigers dropped a slugfest to Edwards County, 8-7.
The Lady Tigers struck first with two runs in the first inning, but Edwards County came back with five in the second to take a 5-2 lead. Hutsonville-Palestine came right back in the bottom of the inning with four more runs to grab a 6-5 edge, only to see Edwards County respond with three runs in the top of the third to take an 8-6 lead. The Lady Tigers got one run across in the bottom of the third and had the bases loaded with two outs, but they could not get the tying and/or winning runs across the plate.
The game was called after three innings due to the one-hour time limit.
Newlin led the offense for Hutsonville-Palestine with three singles, two runs batted in and two runs scored, while Revalee doubled and drove in three runs. Kiger posted a single, two runs batted in and a run scored, Surrells and McKenna Elder each singled and scored a run, Calee Fulling had a base hit and Mendenhall scored two runs.
Napier suffered the loss on the mound, giving up eight runs on three hits, while walking two and striking out three in three innings.
"Our freshmen really showed me a lot," Guyer said. "Mendenhall and Revalee played well. It was just nice to be able to play and see what we've got. We'll come along and be fine."
Hutsonville-Palestine (1-2) will play at North Knox, Ind., Monday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m.