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Holtzapfel’s injury hurts Lady Flyers in loss to Lady Rebels

St. Joseph Lady Flyers’ pitcher Alex Holtzapfel races to catch a popup during Wednesday’s game against South Gallia. Holtzapfel was injured on the play and was forced to leave the game as the team’s pitcher. She later returned to play some first base. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

Injuries are part of the game.
A bad part.
The St. Joseph Lady Flyers lost starting pitcher Alex Holtzapfel to an injury in the second inning and lost 6-1 to the South Gallia Lady Rebels on Wednesday.
South Gallia used a walked and two hit batsmen to load the bases starting the second inning. That’s when the problems really began for the Lady Flyers.
Holtzapfel attempted to field a popup and was injured, forcing her to lead the game and shortstop Kelsey Malone to take over.
Another walk and a single gave the Lady Rebels a 2-0 lead.
St. Joseph cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third inning when Kaitlyn Sheridan walked and came all the way around to score on a double by Kelsey Malone.
South Gallia answered with three runs in the fourth with the aid of an error.
With two outs, the Lady Rebels used a single, three walks and an error to take a 5-1 lead.
The final run scored with two outs in the fifth on a walk and a dropped fly ball.
St. Joseph had four hits with Faith Mahlmeister going 1-1, Sheridan 1-2, Paige Preston 1-3 and Malone 1-4 with a double.
South Gallia 020 310 0 = 6 5 0
St. Joseph 001 000 0 = 1 4 5
WP-Makayla Waugh (K-13, BB-4, HBP-1, ER-1). LP-Alex Holtzapfel (IP-1.1, R-2, ER-2, BB-1, HBP-2). Kelsey Malone (IP-5.2, R-4, ER-1, H-5, K-6, BB-6). Hitting-St. Joe: Faith Mahlmeister 1-1, Kaitlyn Sheridan 1-2, Paige Preston 1-3, Kelsey Malone 1-4.