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Jenna Belcher slides headfirst at home in the first inning. She was tagged out to end the inning. (Photo by Steve Rackley)

Republic’s Bats Cool Off in Loss to Kickapoo

Kickapoo’s Allison Scott cooled off the red-hot Republic lineup as Kickapoo beat Republic Monday night, 5-1. Scott struck out 12 batters and seven innings to earn the win.

Republic has scored 37 runs in two games Saturday against Jackson and Poplar Bluff, but those 37 runs covered up some deficiencies in pitching and defense. The pitching and defense was better Monday night, but the bats went silent.

The Lady Tigers had a chance to break on top in the first inning, but Jenna Belcher was thrown out at home plate to end the inning. That opened the door for Kickapoo to take the lead in the top of the third inning. The Chiefs scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead.

Republic finally got on the board in the fourth inning, scoring an unearned run when Cass Ellison scored on an error. That made the score 2-1.

Kickapoo scored two more in the fifth, then added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Republic threatened a big inning for the first time in the bottom of the seventh. The Lady Tigers loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate, but Scott struck out Addison Walker to end the game.

Piper Dishman and Gracie Woods each had two hits for Republic. Dishman was the losing pitcher.

Republic falls to 12-6.

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