he Lady Blues entered the second game of their first round playoff series with Mineral Wells Friday night in Graham.
They needed a win to force a game three in the hopes of advancing to the next round.
After seeing both pitchers the previous night, the bats were not the problem for the Lady Blues, but avoiding the big inning defensively proved impossible.
At the onset, sophomore pitcher Lexi Allen walked the first two batters she saw. After a single RBI pop-up to left field by Kelsey Keeton, the Lady Rams ended the bottom of the first inning leading one to zero. The bats for the Lady Blues were up and rolling right out of the gate when sophomore Taylor Johnson ripped a shot over the left field fence for a solo home run that was followed by singles from Allen and junior Lana Plaster. After one, the Lady Blues tied the score at one and the game was on.
It was a back and fourth pitching chess match until the top of the fourth when the Lady Rams put up a double after a single and walked in a run. Then Hope Patterson smashed a two-run double to left field creating a 5-1 advantage.
The Lady Blues mounted a come-back in the bottom of the fifth when a single from junior Laura Barrett preceded back-to-back one-run doubles from sophomores Rylee Zimmer and Jamie McClendon that cut the score to five to three.
But that would be the closest the Lady Blues got all night.
In the top of the following innings, the Lady Rams added two additional runs to reach the final score of 9-3, and with the final strike called on Taylor Johnson in the bottom of the seventh, the 2014 Lady Blues softball season came to an end.
Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.