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7 runs in 7th lifts Mayflower past Harmony Grove 14-6

April 8, 2011

Harmony Grove pitcher Bodie Harris pitched four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk. The Cardinals lost 14-6 to Mayflower Friday night. SAM PIERCE/Courier

HASKELL — After tying the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth inning, it had appeared the Harmony Grove Cardinals had all the momentum. However, it would not be the case as Mayflower came out swinging, scoring a run in the sixth and seven in the seventh inning to defeat the Cardinals 14-6 at home Friday night.

“We are inconsistent,” Harmony Grove coach Brandon Kelly said. “As a coach, you can put them in a position to win and as players you can put themselves in a position to win, but if you don’t take care of business and get it done, then bad things happen.

“Every game that we’ve played, we’ve had an inning where we blow up.”

The Eagles had five straight hits in the seventh inning, including a two-run single and a two-run double. Mayflower led off the seventh with a hit by pitch and an error and would score two runs on a single by the lead off hitter.

Mayflower would bat around and eventually Harmony Grove got out of the inning with a RBI sac fly and a ground out to short. But the damage had been done.

“We are at a point in the season, where wins and losses aren’t what we are striving for,” Kelly said. “We are striving for fundamentals and mechanics and being mentally tough.

“I hate that we have to strive for that, this late in the season but as the conference is starting to come to a close, we have to prepare for the district tournament.”

Harmony Grove tied the game in the fifth inning after trailing the entire game.

The Cardinals led off with back-to-back singles by Rex Furry and Kody McClain. Bryson Hutson followed with a single and two outs later, Tyler Smart hit a two-run single to tie the game at 6.

“He was due,” Kelly said about Smart. “I know he can get it done. It was his opportunity and he took advantage of it and got it done.”

McClain’s two-run single in the third cut the deficit to 6-4.

“I have a feeling that we can compete and we have an opportunity to be up there,” Kelly said. “We have the talent level, but the mental toughness isn’t there yet.

“I’m hoping that the next eight games, we can decide what we want to do. Either lay down or decide to play. We got to get it done somehow.”

In other action, the Lady Cardinals defeated Mayflower 11-1 in five innings. Harmony Grove scored seven runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Stephanie Parins allowed two hits, a walk and had two strikeouts. Laura Britt was 1-4 with two RBIs and Molly White was 2-3 with two RBIs and Katie Wright was 2-2 with a walk.

On Thursday, Harmony Grove defeated Fountain Lake 16-5. The Lady Cardinals scored two in third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, and 10 in the seventh. Morgan Ramsey went 4-6, Britt went 2-4, Parins went 2-4, Torie Simmons went 3-4, Joie Paape went 2-3. Parins pitched and gave up five hits, one walk, and struck out five.

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