GAINESVILLE — After winning the Class C2 sectional championship less than 24 hours prior, the Lady Raiders lost 6-2 to Bolivar-Richburg in the regional qualifier on Friday. Cal-Mum failed to get a runner on base until the fourth inning, at which point they were already down by six runs.
“They outplayed us,” Raiders manager Dan Dickens said. “We did a couple things where we could have got some outs and we didn’t get outs… It goes back more to stuff we did than anything else.”
The Wolverines got on the board in the first inning when Raiders senior pitcher Kelsey McMullen walked leadoff hitter Haley Majot who ended up coming around to score on a two out hit.
Bolivar-Richburg added two more runs in the second inning when Majot hit a two-run line drive to left-center. Majot added another RBI to her tally in the fourth inning with a double.
“Unless the game was out of reach I wasn’t going to pull [McMullen] out,” said Dickens.
The senior pitcher had thrown seven scoreless innings less than 24 hours beforehand. On the season, McMullen went 15-2 in 18 starts with a 1.89 ERA.
The Raiders had a chance to come back in the fifth inning when sophomore Allets Schicker stole home followed by freshman outfielder Gillian Flint allowing junior Sasha Flint to score from third on a 2-out bunt single. Cal-Mum then loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning on three consecutive singles by senior third baseman Courtney Flagler, McMullen, and junior catcher Halle Platten. But a strikeout and fly out to end the inning dashed all hopes of a game-saving rally.
“We really were a hit or two away from making this a little closer on them,” Dickens said.
Cal-Mum finished the season at 19-3.