Visiting Carl Junction broke a scoreless tie with a deep home run to center field in the sixth inning Monday as the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 2-0 in softball action at the Fair Acres Sports Complex.
Carthage put runners on base in every inning except the sixth and seventh, but the Tigers couldn't get a key hit against Carl Junction.
Senior Emily Godfrey reached on a single in the first inning, junior Leigh Ann Craig reached on a walk in the second and senior Morgan Baugh and Godfrey each singled in the third inning.
Sophomore Tyesha Morgan reached on a single over the short stop in the bottom of the fourth, then advanced to second base on the throw to the infield. Freshman Megan Taylor then grounded out to the catcher, moving pinch runner Courtney Burris to third base, but the Tigers couldn't move the runner home.
Sophomore Randi Ahles led off the fifth with a bunt single, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Baugh before the Bulldogs got out of the jam with an infield pop up and a groundout.
"We've had trouble getting two-out hits the whole season in big situations and we had our chances there," Carthage head coach Mike Godfrey said. "I really think if we get one to fall early that we get a lot of momentum off it and we take the wind out of their sails. I credit them, they played with a lot of emotion and they played a really good ball game. They did have some key hits."
The biggest was Tasha Steele's homer to straight center field to lead off the top of the sixth. That put Carl Junction on top 1-0, and the Bulldogs scored another run in the seventh with a single, error and a double to center.
Baugh had one single for Carthage offensively, Godfrey had two singles and a stolen base, Craig had a single and a stolen base, Morgan doubled and Ahles added a single.
Carthage pitcher Quincy Charleston struck out six batters in the game, which also served as senior night for the Tigers.
Baugh, Charleston, Godfrey and Taylar Golay were all recognized after the game.
"They're a special group," Godfrey said. "Kind of special for me personally because that's who Emily first started playing with when we moved here five years ago. Really, she's grown up in Carthage with them. On the field they are four of the most committed players. We've had committed seniors before, but to have four together who are that committed in softball, it's been really special and they've dedicated themselves to it. They've made themselves better ballplayers. They've really committed to being team players and they've really matured. Just being team players and really being givers, they've earned a lot of respect among their teammates."
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