After leading by a run for the first three innings, Dadeville’s softball team let things get away from it in the Class 3A Area 7 tournament against Randolph County on Wednesday. Randolph County scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for an 8-4 victory.
Dadeville got things started with a run in the top of the first. Tiffany Rice led off the game with a single, and she was moved to second by an unsuccessful fielder’s choice. With one out, Rice was driven in by a sacrifice fly from Zoe Veres.
The Tigers held onto that lead all the way until the fourth inning when Randolph County took advantage of five errors, including four consecutive ones, and captured a lead it never surrendered.
Dadeville looked to make a late comeback.
In the sixth inning, Rice once again led off with a hit, but this time she laced a triple to right field. Isis Johnson drove her with a groundout.
The Tigers went back at it again in the seventh inning when Brittany Claybrook led off with a double. Skylar Waldrep followed with a single, and Claybrook was plated by a Jailee Kirkland groundout. Rice then sacrificed herself to score Waldrep, but the comeback fell short.
Timirian Tinsley, Makya Johnson and Malorie Meadors all spent time in the circle and collectively scattered seven hits. They gave their team a chance to win, but the errors proved to be the difference. Only one of Randolph County’s runs was earned.