COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo’s softball team missed out on several opportunities with runners on base Tuesday during a 5-2 extra-inning loss to Grand View Christian.
The Tigerhawks had the bases loaded with one out in both the second and third innings but failed to score and also left two on base in the fourth inning.
“I give their pitcher a lot of credit. She has improved a lot and has a good rise ball,” Colfax-Mingo coach Bryan Poulter said. “But this game came down to us not making the adjustments we needed to make.”
Colbee Cunningham’s one-out solo home run tied the game at 2-all in the fifth and eventually forced extra innings.
Grand View Christian scored three in the top of the eighth on three hits and a C-M error.
“There were some defensive yips and Colbee pitched well, but the offense is where the arrow pointed to tonight,” Poulter said. “The defense was good enough. We had opportunities to score more than two runs and we didn’t.”
Colfax-Mingo had its 3-4-5 hitters up in the bottom of the seventh in a tie game but only Cunningham reached with a single.
“You were hoping for something to happen there, but it didn’t,” Poulter said.
Grand View Christian (10-2) scored a run in the first inning and then went up 2-0 with an unearned run in the third.
In the fourth, Colfax-Mingo (10-3) got on the board when Mariah Webster reached on an error and Carley Underwood walked with two outs. Webster scored from second when Kylie Doty’s infield RBI single dropped between two Thunder infielders.
The next batter, Rilee Slycord, just missed her seventh homer of the season when she sent a high fly ball to deep left field.
Doty, Cunningham and Delaney Underwood all had two hits for the Tigerhawks, who out-hit the Thunder 9-7. Slycord, Braedynn Rawlins and Chelsea Russell all had one hit.
Cunningham (10-3) took the loss in the circle but only one of the five runs she allowed was earned. She surrendered seven hits and four walks while striking out four.
The loss snapped a six-game win streak for Colfax-Mingo, which plays Iowa Valley at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Marengo.