Lady Dragons settle for No. 2 playoff seed after 9-4 loss to Comanche

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin
Bangs’ Courtney Owen (left) slides home with the Lady Dragons’ third run as Comanche pitcher Madison Hagood attempts to get a handle on the ball during Bangs’ 9-4 loss.

In a game that started at Howard Payne’s Lady Jacket Field, but ended on Bangs’ home turf, the Lady Dragons were forced to settle for the second seed from District 7-3A Monday night.

After handing the Comanche Maidens a 4-1 setback in a rain-shortened contest Friday, which resulted in Bangs earning a share of the 7-3A softball championship, the Lady Dragons were unable to secure the top playoff seed as they fell by a 9-4 count in the rematch.

Bangs (20-5) committed an uncharacteristic five errors, including two against Comanche’s first two batters, which set the tone for the rest of the contest.

The Maidens led 8-3 after 3 1/2 innings when a brief but torrential downpour, which included pea-sized hail, at Lady Jacket Field forced a delay. After the rain ended, the field was deemed unfit for play, and the game was eventually moved to Bangs as all other options were exhausted.

The change of scenery didn’t do much for either team, as each squad tallied just one run over the final 3 1/2 frames.

Comanche finished with 10 hits against Bangs pitcher Erin Anderson as Rachel Ripley was a double shy of hitting for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with a home run, triple and six RBIs. Madison Hagood chipped in two hits and a pair of RBIs, and also tossed a seven-hitter with five strikeouts.