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Missed opportunities prove costly to Lady Dragons

PROCTORVILLE — Opportunity knocked. It should have rung the bell.

Fairland failed to take advantage of its scoring chances and three errors led to all of Gallipolis’ runs as the Blue Angels beat the Lady Dragons 5-2 in eight innings Tuesday.

“We had a chance to win it in the seventh inning but we couldn’t get the run in,” said Fairland coach Joe Auxier. “But our girls played well and hung in there and gave themselves a chance to win and that’s all you can ask for.”

Gallipolis scored three runs in the eighth inning with some help from the Lady Dragons.

Two runners reached to start the inning on an error and a hit batsman. Heather Ward then hit a 2-run triple and she scored on a ground out.

Fairland got two runners on in the eighth but failed to score.

Gallipolis scored twice in the first inning on two bunt singles and a throwing error.

The game remained 2-0 until Fairland tied the score with two runs in the seventh.

Chelsey Stanley beat out a bunt with one out. Haley Woodall singled up the middle, Keri Pinkerman walked to load the bases and Sashe Burcham delivered a clutch two-run single.

Burcham took the loss despite striking out 10 and not issuing a walk. She hit one batter.

Ward went the distance to get the win for Gallipolis (15-6).

Fairland (9-9) plays at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake.

Gallipolis 200 000 03 = 5 8 2

Fairland 000 000 20 = 2 7 3

Heather Ward and Mattie Lanham. Sashe Burcham and Chloe Stanley. W-Ward (4-K, 2-BB). L-Burcham (10-K, 0-BB, 1-HBP). 3B-Gallipolis: Ward. Hitting-Gallipolis: Karie Campbell 2-5, Mattie Lanham 2-4, Hannah Cunningham 1-4, Heather Ward 2-4, Amanda McGee 1-4, Courtney Shriver 1-4; Fairland: Haley Woodall 2-4, Jaimie Phillips 2-4, Sashe Burcham 1-4 2-RBI, Stormie Spitzer 1-4, Chelsey Stanley 1-4.