Frenship head coach Robby Dickenson knows it doesn’t matter which two games his team wins.
After a loss in the first game to Randall 13-7, the Lady Tigers need to win Game 2 on Saturday to force a Game 3 and then win that one as well to stay alive in the playoffs.
“Did we come ready to play or did they just outplay us?” Dickenson said. “I told them to just wipe this from their memory.”
The Lady Tigers scored the first run of the game in the top of the first after Addie Jobe hit a double on a 10-pitch atbat to score K’Leigh Arredondo.
After that, Randall went on to score five runs before the Lady Tigers plated another.
Sam Clark started in the circle for Frenship and gave up six runs off eight hits before she was relieved one-third of the way through the third inning by Meghan Velardez with the score 6-2.
Dickenson said he felt things kind of got out of hand and because he didn’t want to show Clarissa Gonzales in the circle, he put in Velardez.
“They hit our pitching really well today,” he said. “Our pitchers have to do a better job of hitting their locations.”
Jamee Bye led the way for the Lady Raider offense going 5-for-5 at the plate with six RBI, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning.
Kaci Taylor followed with a three-run home run of her own in the fifth inning and Kasmir Perez was the third Lady Raider to homer with a solo shot in the sixth.
Randall finished with 10 extra base hits.
“Defensively we’ve got to play a little better,” Dickenson said. “They hit the ball reall yhard and we didn’t have a lot of chances to make plays.”
Overall, the Lady Raiders finished with 17 hits on the evening, but the Lady Tigers weren’t far behind with 13 hits of their own.
Jessica Sisemore got the win for Randall in the circle, pitching six and two-thirds innings while striking out seven.
McKaley Johnson had the only other extra base hit for Frenship with an RBI double in the fifth.
She finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
“We need to be more focused at the plate,” Dickenson said. “We had chances to score a lot of runs ourselves.”
Dickenson acknowledged that is “now or never” for his team, but the Lady Tigers have been in this situation before.
“We lost our first one last year against Hanks and came back and won two, so they know we can do it,” Dickenson said. “That’s our focus.”
Frenship hopes to battle back in the second game of the series at noon today in Plainview.
RANDALL 13, FRENSHIP 7
Frenship 101 002 3 — 7 13 2
Randall 233 031 X — 13 17 0
Clark, Velardez (3) and Varnell. Sisemore, Lucero (7) and Taylor. W — Sisemore. L — Clark, 2B—Frenship, Jobe, Johnson; Randall, Schwartzenberg 2, Echevarria 2, Wilmeth, Perez, Lucero. HR—Randall, Bye, Taylor, Perez.
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