Lady Eagles end season as runners up in 1A softball

West Union found itself in a strikingly similar situation in Saturday’s game two of the 1A state championships. Much like Friday’s first game, the Lady Eagles built a lead but were unable to sustain that, falling 13-7 to Nanih Waiya.

After watching the first three batters go quick in the first inning, West placed two on base in the top of the second, scoring its first run on an error. The Lady Warriors would tie the game in the bottom half on a solo shot by Ryan Holdiness, but the Lady Eagles went back in front, scoring two runs in the third.

In that inning, Julianna Garner drove in the go-ahead run on a double, and with bases loaded later in the inning, Callie Baggett made it 3-1 with her single.

With runners in scoring position for Nanih Waiya in the bottom of the third, Holdiness would again tie the game on a two run double with bases loaded.

West Union’s final lead came in the top of the fourth, as Gina Beth Conlee and Bailey Bogue brought in runs on their hits, but the Lady Warriors capitalized on another big fourth inning, scoring eight runs on six hits, capped a three-run home run by Brantlie Sheets, to lead 11-5.

“Both games, we started out with a lot of intensity, and we had a lot of good things happen,” Lady Eagles head coach Lisa Bogue said. “It just seemed like it caught up to us, and we started to make a lot of errors and we got behind. You can’t give a great team like this extra outs, and we did that throughout the series. It came back to hurt us.”

West Union would add two more runs on a double by Garner, who, along with Brittany Taylor, finished with three hits on the day. Nanih Waiya would get those runs back in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI triple by Reagan Holdiness, followed by an RBI single by Ryan Holdiness. Bogue credited the play of the Lady Warriors, who scored a total of six runs after having two outs on them in both the fourth and fifth innings.

“It just kept adding up, and then they would score on it, and it just seemed like a never-ending cycle,” Bogue said. “They’re a great team, and they made the plays needed to win. I’m proud of our girls. They’ve done a great job and have had a great season.

Along with Garner and Taylor, Bailey Bogue had multiple hits for the Lady Eagles, who finished the season at 25-8.