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By Austin Andre
Despite the Calhoun Warriors softball team’s impressive 20-10 win-loss record this year, they suffered a dry spell this past week, losing three consecutive games.
The first loss occurred on Monday, May 9, in a home non-conference game against the Edwardsville Tigers. Both teams’ first three innings were a stalemate, which yielded no runs. The bottom of the fourth saw the Tigers score one run and establish a lead. They followed again in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers scored the final winning run and took the game 4-0. The Tigers pitched a complete two-hit shutout against the Warriors.
The second loss followed the next day, on Tuesday, May 10, in a neutral tournament game against the Carrollton Hawks. The first inning put the Warriors on top, with two runs to lead off the game. The Hawks came back in the top of the third to tie the game at 2-2. They followed again in the fourth with an additional run and took the lead at 3-2.
The fifth inning wasn’t any better for the Warriors, who gave up two more runs to the Hawks and extended their lead to 5-2. In the seventh, both teams scored a run apiece, but the Warriors fell to the Hawks, 6-3.
With the season’s final game on the line last Friday, May 13, the Warriors looked to secure a win over the Gillespie Miners in non-conference action at Calhoun. Both teams fought hard for three innings, but the Warriors allowed the Miners to score a run in the fourth, and the game stood at 1-0. The next three innings stayed scoreless for each team, and the Warriors lost the game. The final game saw only four hits between either team.
The Warriors ended their season with a win-loss record of 20-10 and a conference record of 8-1.