LEBANON - Pitching was the name of the game on Thursday evening when Lebanon and Southmont battled on the softball diamond.

Throughout seven innings, the two teams combined for just four hits, and struck out 10 times.

But unfortunately for the host Tigers, Southmont was able to capitalize on one of their scoring chances, and Lebanon was not in a 1-0 loss.

"They are a smart team, and they have a great group over there, coaches and players," Lebanon head coach Robert Archambeau said. "(Macie) Shirk did a great job today, and demanded a lot of respect. Most of the time after the game, you talk about you and today, we just talked about what a great job she did. It's one we can learn from."

Lebanon couldn't get much going against Shirk in either game this week against the Mounties.

She allowed just one run on three hits, striking out nine on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Lebanon's lone hit was an infield single by Krryn Miller to lead off the third. She was sacrificed to second with a bunt from Madi Faulkner, but a ground out and a pop out ended the Tigers only threat.

Shirk retired the final 15 of the game.

"We are getting ready for the sectional, and Tri-West is in our bracket with one of the best pitching staffs in the state," Archambeau said. "We need to be seeing good pitchers, and Macie is that. Kudos to Southmont, they are a solid program and are playing well. I like the way we battled the whole way, and to lose 1-0 against a team like that - I am proud of our girls as well."

Errors proved to be the undoing of the Tigers on Thursday.

Southmont saw the first two of the third inning reach via error, but Kylie Kadel was able to work out of the jam.

In the fourth, it looked like she was going to work her way out of another jam.

Shirk led off the inning, and moved to second with two outs. Lebanon appeared to get out of the inning when Kadel forced a pop up, but it was dropped in foul territory.

Two pitches later, Anna Stokes hit a double to drive in the only run of the game.

"Those routine plays, you never know when you are going to need them," Archambeau said. "It's one of those things that tells us we need to hone in on every play and every goal we have."

Lebanon is back in action Friday for senior night.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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