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Lady Jackets drop game one vs. Lake

The Enterprise Lady Jackets hosted the Lake Lady Hornets Monday night for the first game of the series. Four errors hurt the Lady Jackets, and the Lady Hornets took advantage and shut them out, winning 3-0.

The Lady Hornets struck first when senior Madison Culpepper hit an RBI single into center field. Lake scored their second run of the inning on a throw over first base. The Lady Jackets were able to get out of the inning with a key strikeout and a ground out.

Although Enterprise was able to get runners on, Lake was able to strand them, getting the last two batters out on a pop up to the catcher and a strikeout. The Lady Hornets scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the second, on another error by the Lady Jackets.

Both pitchers settled in during the third inning as they pitched scoreless innings the rest of the game. The Lady Jackets were able to get runners on base for most of the game, but the Lady Hornets made sure no runs came across, relying on ground balls and strikeouts to get out of each inning. Enterprise also prevented Lake from scoring again, with ground ball outs and strikeouts.

Haley Nations — with five strikeouts, two walks, three hits, three runs (one earned) — pitched all seven innings and took the loss for the Lady Jackets. Senior Bryanna Luke pitched all seven innings for the Lady Hornets, striking out seven batters, giving up five hits, to pick up the win.

“We cannot make errors and expect to win against a good team like Lake,” said Enterprise coach Charissa Burke. “The girls will need to regroup to win two games at Lake. Haley Nations pitched a good game for us, but we didn’t play defense behind her.”

Jana Nations led the Lady Jackets with a double and two singles. Kalyn Chemin got two singles.

Enterprise will travel to Lake Wednesday for game two, and if needed a game three. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.