After building an early lead and keeping it close for most of the game, the Chariton Varsity softball team wasn’t quite able pull out a win in an 8-2 loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont at Eddyville this past Thursday night, June 24.

With the loss, Chariton moved to 10-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play. EBF moved to 23-6 overall with the win. Chariton showed improvement in this game as they lost to EBF, 12-0, at Chariton earlier this season.

Chariton scored two runs in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. EBF scored two runs in the bottom of the second to tie it 2-2 and they added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth when EBF got four more runs across to push their lead to 8-2 and held on for the win.

Chariton only committed one error defensively all night, but the Lady Rockets out hit the Lady Chargers, 13-4.

Layne Braby and Madison Buckalew both pitched for Chariton and Buckalew took the loss on the mound. In five and 1/3 innings Buckalew gave up eight runs, seven earned, on 13 hits while striking out none and walking three. Braby pitched one and 2/3 innings and gave up no runs and no hits while striking out one and walking none. She also hit one batter with a pitch.

EBF’s Brooklyn Bettis was solid on the mound giving up just two earned runs an three hits while striking out one and walking two.

Chariton outfielder Haddon Anderson went 2-3 with two singles and a run scored. Braby went 1-3 with a single. First baseman Macy Wood went 1-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Catcher Addie McGee went 0-3 with a walk. Third baseman Sydney Cain went 0-3 with a run scored. Outfielder Virginia Smith went 0-3 with a walk. Second baseman Lexi Smyser went 0-3 and designated player Addie Peterson went 0-3. Center fielder Tayah Spiker went 0-2.

Defensively, Chariton had 18 put outs and six assists. Wood led the team in put outs with six. Cain had four put outs and McGee, Braby and Spiker had two apiece. Smith and Smyser each had one put out. Cain, Braby and Buckalew each led the team in assists with two apiece.