The Mildred Lady Eagles dropped Game 1 of their best-of-three series with the Garrison Lady Bulldogs, 1-0, in eight innings on Friday night in Lindale.
What had been a pitcher's duel between Mildred's Olivia Farmer and Garrison's Kat Heflin ended in the bottom of the eighth inning on a throwing error by the Lady Eagles.
Farmer went 7 1/3 innings before being relieved by Aubyn Turner with a runner on in the eighth inning. Farmer gave up two singles in the game and struck out seven Garrison batters.
She battled out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth inning by striking out the final two batters.
Mildred only managed three hits in the game. Abbie Burnham, Savannah Pritchett and Joanna Tapley each singled for the Eagles.
Game 2 is at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lindale with Game 3 to follow, if necessary.
Region III-2A Semifinals
Garrison 1, Mildred 0 (8)
Mildred 000 000 00 -- 0 3 1
Garrison 000 000 01 -- 1 2 2
WP – Kat Heflin
LP – Olivia Farmer
Top hitters – M: Joanna Tapley 1-2, Savannah Pritchett 1-3, Abbie Burnham 1-3. G: Ricki Colle 1-3 (run), Codie Reneau 1-3.
Records – Mildred 27-9, Garrison 21-8.
Garrison leads series, 1-0
Game 2, 2 p.m., Saturday, Lindale
Game 3, 30 minutes following Game 2, if necessary