The Tiger softball team couldn't take advantage of 10 walks issued by Le Mars pitching Wednesday night as they lost the Lakes Conference game, 7-3. Spencer recorded two hits in the loss and stranded numerous runners.
"We were unable to find any holes tonight. We got kids in scoring position but couldn't get the hits to get them in and take advantage of the walks," Spencer coach Greg Jones said.
Le Mars (24-8) scored twice in the first, once in the second and hit a solo home run in the third to take a 4-1 lead on the Tigers, who got on the board in the second inning. Spencer would plate a run in the fourth but strand three runners. They scored again in the fifth but left two runners on bases, as they did in the sixth.
Taylor Anderson reached base all four times she batted, drawing four walks from two different Bulldog pitchers. Kari Kramer was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Karis Rhode was 1-for-2.
Carly Richardson started and took the loss after 2 2/3 innings. The senior gave up four runs and struck out two. Anderson pitched the remaining 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and striking out two.
Spencer drops to 11-13 on the year and will play five games in the next six nights to finish the regular season. The Tigers will host Carroll tonight (Thursday) and Western Friday before playing Saturday (MOC-FV), Monday (Emmetsburg) and Tuesday (Storm Lake) on the road.
The Tigers will face Storm Lake on Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m. in Storm Lake for the opening round of the Class 4A softball regional.