The feeling after Ryan’s softball game Tuesday night was a feeling the Lady Raiders knew all too well.
Entering the top of the seventh, the Lady Raiders needed three outs to secure their first District 5-5A win. By the time Ryan recorded those three outs, its lead was gone.
Coppell scored five runs in the top of the seventh to pick up a 15-13 win over the Lady Raiders on senior night at Tina Minke Field.
Ryan coach Aimee Foutch said Tuesday night may have been the first time she’s been involved in a game with such dramatic lead changes.
“You have a good lead, and … I don’t know,” Foutch said. “Maybe the pressure just got to them. It just unraveled from there.”
The teams combined for 28 runs, 37 hits and eight errors in the seven-inning contest. The win put Coppell in a tie for fourth place in the district in the final week of the regular season.
After Coppell scored the first five runs of the contest, the Lady Raiders (8-17, 0-9 district) erased the deficit and took a seven-run lead into the sixth inning.
The Cowgirls (3-6 in district) chopped the lead to 13-10 before Ryan senior Carol Raabe re-entered the pitching circle after she was relieved by Danielle Leeds in the bottom of the third.
Raabe didn’t get much help for the final three outs. The Lady Raiders committed three errors in the top of the seventh as the momentum quickly shifted from the first base dugout to the third base dugout.
“I think we had some opportunities to make some plays,” Foutch said. “We just couldn’t make plays. Our errors have haunted us all season.”
Coppell coach Katie Krug said she’s never been in a game that involved that many runs. Krug said she told her team before the seventh inning that if it wanted to be in the postseason, it needed to play well.
“Once the momentum got going, I knew if we were up, we were going to get it done,” Krug said.
Ryan had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Raiders couldn’t find a way to pick up their first district win of the year.
Raabe, who will play at San Jacinto College next year, led the Lady Raiders at the plate. Raabe went 4-for-4 with a walk an RBI. After Ryan tied the game at 6 in the bottom of the fourth, Raabe hit a ball that carried just over the center field wall to put the Lady Raiders ahead by one run.
That lead swelled in the fifth inning before it burst in the seventh.
“They fight and they try really hard,” Foutch said of her team. “Sometimes I think they overtry sometimes and sometimes I think this pressure is a lot for the younger ones, which I hope that this experience gets them more prepared later down the road.”
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Coppell 15, Ryan 13
WP — Lindsey Shaw. LP — Carol Raabe. 2B — C: Erika Zimmer. R: Raabe. 3B — C: Julia Sircar 2, Ali Gentry, Madi Traver. HR — R: Raabe. Records — Coppell (3-6 in district), Ryan (8-17, 0-9).