The Ryan Cowgirls opened the slow-pitch softball season one week ago Tuesday and suffered a heart-breaking 11-10 loss at the hands of Grandfield at Larry Ninman Field at the Bob Givens Sports Complex.
Ryan was to have been back in action this afternoon hosting Big Pasture.
That will be the final action for the Cowgirls until a March 26 encounter at home with Comanche. Ryan will also battle Geronimo two weeks from today. Both games will be on the Cowgirls’ home diamond.
It looked promising for the Cowboys after the first inning as Brooklyn Charmason retired the three Grandfield batters in order and the Cowgirls hit the Lady Bearcats for three runs in the bloom of the first.
Samantha Good and Sadie Guzman reached base and Abbie Bolin blasted a three-run homer to give the Cowgirls the 3-0 lead after one inning.
Grandfield answered in the top of the second with three runs of their own before the Cowgirls regained the lead in the bottom of the inning with a single tally.
The Lady Bearcats struck for two more runs in the top of the third giving Grandfield a 5-4 lead, but the Cowgirls managed to tied the score in the bottom of the third with a run.
Grandfield. Took the lead in the top of the fourth with a run and added to the margin with two runs in the top of the fifth to lead, 8-5.
The Cowgirls rallied, however, in the bottom of the fourth with two runs – including Bolin’s second four-bagger of the contest – to narrow the gap to 8-7 heading into the sixth inning.
Grandfield managed two runs in the top of the sixth and added another in the top of the seventh to gain an 11-7 advantage.
The Cowgirls then mounted a rally in the bottom of the final frame but came up just short.
Three of the first four Cowgirl batters reached base and came around to score including Guzman, Bolin and Randi Lipton.
After two were out, the Cowgirls loaded the bases but could not score the tying run.
The Cowgirls left 10 runners stranded in the contest.
Ryan was scheduled to take on Temple Tuesday, but the Lady Tigers were not able to field a team for the 2018 season.