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JACKSONVILLE SOFTBALL Red Devils nipped in the (rose) bud by Ramblers

The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils took a break from conference action to take on the Rose Bud Ramblers Monday evening at Dupree Park.

The game didn’t go quite as well as planned, with Jacksonville falling 4-2 to Rose Bud’s hard-throwing ace.

Jacksonville fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning after a pair of singles, an error and a passed ball.

The Lady Devils put two runners on base in the bottom of the inning when Morgan Lloyd walked and Kimberly House reached on an error. A line drive out and a strikeout stranded the runners.

Rose Bud scored again in the third inning after the batter singled, stole second, moved to third on a grounder, and then scored on a wild pitch.

The Ramblers’ first run they earned with no help came in the sixth inning much the same way as the run in the fourth. A single was followed by a stolen base, a grounder to move the runner and a ground out to first that made the score 4-0.

A single by Lloyd left her stranded after a deep fly to right by House. The Lady Devils had the side fanned in the second and fourth innings.

Jacksonville missed out on a couple of key chances in the fifth and sixth innings. Kimley Burrows walked, stole second and made her way to third in the fifth inning. A strikeout, flyout and grounder ended the inning.

The sixth inning saw Lloyd single and House walk to lead off the inning. Both moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, but consecutive strikeouts to end the inning ended the Lady Devil threat.

Jacksonville put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but came up a little short. Burrows led off the inning by reaching on an error, then moved into scoring position on a groundout to second. A single to left by Keke Alcorn brought Burrows in to make the score 4-1.

Alcorn scored on an error on the same play as she broke to second on the throw home from left. The catcher’s throw to second sailed to the outfield fence, allowing Alcorn to score and move Jacksonville closer at 4-2.

Back at the top of the order, Jacksonville couldn’t quite get the clutch hit with a pop up to short and a swinging strikeout to end the game.

Just a freshman, House scattered five hits over seven innings while pitching a solid game, but gave up a pair of unearned runs on errors and another run on a wild pitch.

Jacksonville managed three hits in the game, and was hurt by not getting those key two-out hits that teams need.

The loss evened Jacksonville’s record to 9-9 overall, while they look to improve their 6-2 conference record against Little Rock Christian this week.

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