Lady Guard’s comeback falls run short to Dallas Christian

The Brook Hill Lady Guard nearly erased a 5-run deficit late against Dallas Christian, but fell one run short in a 7-6 loss.

Alyssa Duplichain was in scoring position at second base in the bottom of the seventh with one out after Kasey Anderson singled home Taylor Schultz to make the score 7-6. But Brook Hill’s next two batters struck out and grounded out to end the game.

It was the first district setback for Brook Hill (14-5-1), which now stands at 5-1 in TAPPS District 2-4A.

AD Kuechle went 2 for 3 with a three RBIs and Kasey Anderson drove in two runs for the Lady Guard, who led 2-1 after the first inning, but gave up six unanswered runs before beginning their comeback in the bottom of the fifth.

Anderson took the loss in the circle, allowing seven runs on 11 hits with two walks and one strikeout. Duplichain and Schultz combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

The Lady Guard trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the first, but responded with two runs of their own to take a 2-1 lead. Maddie Parker singled with one out and went to second after Schultz was hit by a pitch. The Lady Guard baserunners pulled off a double steal to move to second and third for Kuechle, who singled to left field to score Parker and tie the game, 1-1. Schultz later scored on a passed ball.

Brook Hill’s bats were quieted until the bottom of the fifth.

Needing a response to their 7-2 deficit, the Lady Guard got in the form of a two-out rally. Kuechle delivered a sharp single to center field with Anthony beating the throw at the plate to make it 7-3. Kuechle later scored when Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to third base.

Brook Hill wasn’t finished, slicing its deficit further with a run in the sixth. Morgan Moss singled to lead off and went to second on an error. With one out, Maddie Anthony plated Moss with a single to right field.

The Lady Guard began the seventh two runs down, but pulled closer after Schultz lead off with a double and Anderson scored her with a single. Dallas Christian stopped the rally there, though to end the game.

Lady Guard Stats

Dallas Christian             102    130    0   —   7   12   4

Lady Guard                    200   021    1   —   6    9    1

Runs (6): Maddie Anthony 1, Maddie Parker 1, Taylor Schultz 2, AD Kuechle 1, Morgan Moss 1.

Hits (9): Maddie Anthony 1, Maddie Parker 1, Taylor Schultz 2, AD Kuechle 2, Alyssa Duplichain 1, Kasey Anderson 1,

Runs Batted In (6): Maddie Anthony 1, Kasey Anderson 2, AD Kuechle 3.

Doubles (1): Taylor Schultz.

Stolen Bases (4): Alyssa Duplichain 1, Maddie Parker 1, Kasey Anderson 1, Taylor Schultz 1.