The Cape Central girls softball team, coming off of a convincing defeat against Notre Dame High School, was looking to right the ship Thursday. Unfortunately for these Tigers, Thursday would bring more of the same against Poplar Bluff.
Elizabeth Turk was the starting pitcher for the Tigers and got off to an uneven 1st inning. Poplar Bluff was able to score three 1st-inning runs off of Turk and the Tigers behind some timely RBI singles. Cape was unable to answer in the bottom of the 1st while Poplar Bluff continued their hitting ways by adding five runs in the top of the 2nd inning.
Things stayed quiet for the next few innings before Poplar added another run to their total in the top of the 4th to grab a 9-0 lead. Cape was able to secure one run in the bottom of the 4th behind a Brooke Witvoet RBI, but the 5th inning would be the game’s last. Poplar scored three more runs, and with Cape unable to respond, the white towel was tossed in a 12-1 mercy rule defeat of the Tigers.
The Tigers were unable to get their bats going for a second consecutive game, with a lone Ki Bogan single as their only hit of the day. Turk would account as the only runner to score for the Tigers. On the mound, she threw 1.1 innings while surrendering five hits, seven runs (only four earned) while walking one and striking out none.
Keri Williams came on in relief and threw 3.2 innings over 69 pitches. She allowed six hits, five runs (three earned), walked one and struck out one. The Tigers again struggled in the field committing four errors over five innings of play.
Cape will look stop the losing streak at two as they travel to Neelyville Monday evening.