Springfield softball coach Ashley Ledet knows this feeling all too well.
For the second year in a row, Springfield’s season ended on the road in its opponents’ final at-bat.
Fisher’s Kylie Matherne hit a two-run double with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning, helping Fisher rally for a 6-5 win in a Class 2A regional playoff game Friday.
“Home field advantage is all I can really say, because I feel like there’s not a lot of other things that could have really changed the outcome of that game,” Ledet said after the Lady Bulldogs lost to Rapides in the in the final at-bat in the ninth inning last season in the regional round.
Springfield went into the bottom of the seventh ahead 5-3, but Sydni Russell led off the inning with a double and Dallas Desroches, who hit a home run earlier in the game, was intentionally walked.
The Lady Bulldogs got a pair of fly outs to Crissy Edwards in center before Tori Templete doubled in a run to pave the way for Matherene’s game-winning hit.
“In her at-bat, best-case scenario, we get her out,” Ledet said of walking Desroches. “If we don’t get her out, and they hit the way that they hit, there’s nothing you can do. It would have been the same thing.”
After Springfield left two on in the first, Templete had a two-run double in the bottom of the inning to put Fisher ahead, and Desroches’ solo home run in the second pushed the lead to 3-0.
Springfield rallied in the third when Tabby Lobell doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Kaylie Dorsey’s fly out to the pitcher. The Lady Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the inning.
Springfield pulled ahead with a four-run fourth as Lobell walked to set up Dorsey’s two-run home run, knotting the score at 3-3.
Crissy Edwards doubled, ReNay Edwards singled, and Challey Ryan bunted her way on with one out, and two runs scored on an error to put Springfield up 5-3 before Fisher got two outs to end the inning.
“I would have like to have seen us produce runs earlier in the game,” Ledet said. “I think it did kind of take us a while to get some quality runs on the board. We had situations early in the game with runners on base and bases loaded, and I think if we would have been able to capitalize on those early in the game and not leave runners on, that could have helped out.”
Crissy Edwards went 3-for-3 with a run and Ryan was 2-for-4 as Springield had eight hits.
Annie Romano gave up nine hits, two walks and struck out six in 6.2 innings for the loss.