Marlington’s 4-run seventh beats Hubbard

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo Hubbard's Mikayala Smith attempts a bunt during Thursday's Division II Alliance District softball semifinal against Marlington. The Dukes beat the Eagles, 5-3.

ALLIANCE — Hubbard junior Addy Jarvis was consoling some crying teammates after Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Marlington.

The Eagles pitcher stayed composed, trying cope with the team’s season-ending defeat in a Division II Alliance District semifinal.

Top-seeded Hubbard committed three errors in the top of the seventh inning, which led to four runs, wiping out a 2-1 lead. In total, the Eagles had four miscues.

“You can’t be a sore loser,” said Jarvis, who had nine strikeouts at Union Title Field. “You have to learn from it. Soak it in. Yeah, it does feel pretty crappy. You can’t walk off the field, yelling, throwing things. You have to pick it back up the next time. I’ve never really got mad at my teammates, or anyone, about losing. Everyone makes mistakes. We might have made a couple of extra this game, but everyone makes mistakes.

“It’s always going to happen. It’s part of the game.”

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo Hubbard's Addy Jarvis prepares to throw a pitch in the top of the seventh inning against Marlington in a Division II Alliance District softball semifinal. Marlington won, 5-3.

Marlington plays West Branch in today’s final, starting at 5 p.m., back at Alliance. The Warriors beat Lakeview in the other semifinal, 7-2.

The first of the three Eagles errors in the seventh put the leadoff batter on base and Taylor Gerback’s double to left field tied the game.

Kate McFarland reached on a error as Gerback, who had gone to third on a fielder’s choice, scored, and the Dukes led, 3-2.

Maddie Meyers, the Marlington three hitter, rocketed a double down the third base line, driving in McFarland. Meyers, who had two RBIs in the game, then scored on the Eagles’ final error, giving fourth-seeded Marlington (21-5) a 5-2 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh. The Dukes scored three of those runs with two outs.

“Those girls have been hitting for us all year,” Marlington coach Shawn Dillon said. “To get four in that inning is huge.”

Hubbard (22-3) responded with one run on an Athena Smith single, scoring Lea Munnell, to cut the Dukes’ lead to 5-3. However, the Eagles followed up with back-to-back liners to end the game.

Hubbard stranded five runners, two in the seventh and three in the first.

“We didn’t execute,” Jarvis said. “We didn’t make routine plays. We made a couple good plays and a couple bad plays.

“I was off to start the game. I wasn’t feeling it today. I don’t know why. You just have to come out here ready to play. We did, I thought, but we didn’t make the routine plays.”

Marlington committed one error in the bottom of the first, leading one of the two Eagles runs.

“Like in the first inning, we had a couple of mistakes that hurt us,” Dillon said about taking advantage of Hubbard’s three errors in the seventh. “They had a couple of mistakes that hurt them.

“That’s the way this game goes — all momentum.”

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