Central High School softball welcomed Siegel to Terry Floyd Field on Wednesday, April 10 for a non-district match. Taking on the No. 7 ranked team in the state, the Lady Raiders went down early and couldn't get over the hump in a 6-3 loss.
"I think we did really good to hang in with a team like that," Sarah West said. "It's a really big feat for us."
The loss comes a day after the team's first district defeat on the road at Lincoln County o Tuesday, April 9.
CHS kept pace with Siegel at the plate, with both teams finishing with ten hits. The Stars' experience showed as they were able to take advantage of more opportunities to stay ahead throughout.
"When you play a team of that caliber, you've gotta play a perfect game. Defensively, pitching, hitting and the mental game," Coach Brandon McWhorter said. "We had a few mental mistakes tonight that cost us a couple runs, you can't do that with this team."
Siegel kicked it off in the top of the first inning with a pair of runs from Presley Leebrick and Caitlyn McCrary. CHS responded in the bottom of the first when Haley Richardson knocked a line drive to right field and brought in West.
After the Stars added another run in each of the next two innings, the Lady Raiders got back on the board in the bottom of the third. With Katie Rutledge on second and one out, West shot a line drive to center to send Rutledge home and make it a 4-2 ballgame.
Siegel continued to push ahead in the fifth, scoring twice to take a four-run lead. Ashley Evans found the team's last run in the bottom of the sixth to finish the game down by three.
"Mentally we need to rest. We had a long week last week. We gotta get this ship turned around and we can," McWhorter said. "We've just gotta settle down and rest up and get ready for next week."
Rutledge led the CHS hitting effort with four total. Keri Munn pitched through all seven innings, striking out five and surrendering ten hits and five runs.