MABEN – The East Webster Lady Wolverines showed that Lesley Hudson was hittable.
The Lady Wolverines had five hits, but fell to Hatley 5-4 Saturday afternoon at Nikki Jones Memorial Field in Class 2A softball playoff action.
The Lady Tigers won the series 2-0, as they won game one 9-4 on Friday.
Hatley jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the top of the first. An error by pitcher Bailey Williams allowed two Lady Tigers to score.
"That's our downfall this year," East Webster softball coach Meleah Brown said. "You just can't do that."
The Lady Wolverines fought back and made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first when Autumn Frost singled in Montana Spencer.
"I thought we hit enough to beat (Hudson)," Brown said. "Everybody told me 'you are not going to be able to put up a lot of runs on her.' We put four up (Saturday) and four (Friday). If you put up four runs on a team like this, you should be able to come out with a win."
The Lady Tigers added one more in the top of the second to make it 3-1. The Lady Wolverines tied it up in the bottom of the third.
Frost hit a towering shot over the left field fence off of Hudson for a two-run home run to pull the score even.
"She definitely sees the ball well," Brown said. "There is no doubt she is our best hitter. If she could just step up and be a leader, she is so young right now. She definitely has a good chance to go far with softball."
That momentum didn't carry over.
After a walk, an infield single and two fielder's choices runners were on second and third. Hudson hit a sharp grounder that third baseman Mamie Hollenhead was unable to come up with causing two runs to score to give Hatley a 5-3 lead.
"We beat ourselves," Brown said. "We tie the ballgame up. You are supposed to be able to hold that score. We walk the number nine batter. You can't do that. We have got to overcome that."
The Lady Wolverines scored their final run when Frost led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple down the right field line and later scored on a RBI single by pitcher Bailey Williams.
Hudson got a 1-2-3 seventh inning to end the game.
"The seniors were pretty upset because it was their last game," Brown said. "I told them 'they don't need to get their heads down.' The things they did wrong we can fix that, that is stuff we can work on."
East Webster finished the year with a 13-14 mark.