Sixth inning rally not enough as Pampa falls to Canyon 7-4

Hallie Hawthorne pitches during Tuesday’s game.

The Pampa Lady Harvesters (7-8) hosted Canyon on Tuesday afternoon for a non-district contest.

Canyon, who could be a future opponent in the postseason, scored seven runs on 10 hits as they out-lasted the Lady Harvesters 7-4.

Despite the loss, head coach Dottie Hawthorne is pleased with what she saw from her team against a program that was playing 5A just two years ago.

“We feel like this is one of the best games we’ve played,” Hawthorne said. 

“We’ve been working on playing with intensity the entire game and keeping up. We’ve talked about fueling the fire and we did that this game. Our defense was solid and we finally starting hitting the ball, that’s what fueled that fire to keep up the intensity. 

“We did a good job. The wind is blowing so it’s kind of hard to track those deep flyballs. But I think they played a really good game, one of the best ones we’ve played in a couple weeks.”

Through the first four innings, the Lady Harvesters stout defense held Canyon scoreless, while freshman Hallie Hawthorne racked up eight punch-outs.

“She’s very green. She’s learning,”
D. Hawthorne said. “She throws hard and my plan was to throw hard and put Taylor (Jefferis) in later because she has a lot of movement. 

“She held them for five innings just throwing hard. I’m proud of her and feel like she has a lot of potential. I like to use both pitchers like that and keep them guessing.”

Canyon got on the board after scoring two runs in the top half of the fifth and added four more in the top of the sixth.

The Lady Harvesters bats’ came alive in the home half of the sixth as junior Jaylene Montes singled on a bunt followed by junior Celest Ostercamp capitalizing on a Canyon mistake. Senior Taylor Jefferis sacrificed, but moved the runners before junior Makenzie Anguiano hit a line drive to center field to bring home Montes and Ostercamp.

Senior Maggie Hernandez added a one-out base hit to load the corners for Pampa. Aguiano scored on an error by the third basemen, which also allowed Hernandez to go to third.

H. Hawthorne grounded out, but plated Hernandez to pull Pampa within two runs at 6-4. 

The Lady Harvesters were not able to string together anymore runs and Canyon added one more as Pampa went on to fall to Canyon 7-4.

While the West Texas wind did make it hard to field some fly balls, the Lady Harvesters outfield had several impressive throws including one by senior Preslee Alvey to hold a runner at third from second base.

“Preslee (Alvey) has a canon and she’s a threat for sure,” D. Hawthorne said. “You don’t want to chance running on her, she’ll throw you out.”

The Lady Harvesters return to action this weekend at the River Road tournament in Amarillo. Their goal? Just to have fun and keep improving.

“We’re just looking forward to having some good at bats and improving those at bats,” D. Hawthorne said. “We want to be disciplined at the plate and wait on our pitch. This team just likes to play, so whoever their playing, they just want to play.”

Stat round-up

Hallie Hawthorne pitched six innings with nine hits, six runs, six earned runs, eight strikeouts and three walks. Taylor Jefferis pitched one inning with one hit, one run and a strikeout.

Celest Ostercamp had a run scored; Mackenzie Anguiano went 1-2 with a run scored, two RBI and a walk; Maggie Hernandez went 2-3 with a run scored; Hallie Hawthorne had an RBI; Preslee Alvey went 1-3 and Jaylene Montes went 1-2 with a run scored.

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