The Lebanon softball team lost a close game to Hamilton Heights 2-1 Thursday, dropping to 0-2 on the season.

Sophomore Kirsten Studer pitched a solid game despite the rainy conditions. Studer gave up two runs on three hits, struck out five and walked two.

The Tigers threatened in the first inning, getting senior Amanda Craft (who hit 1-for-3) to third, but junior Sarah Skelton was thrown out on a nice play by the Huskies rightfielder to deny the run.

In the fourth inning, Lebanon tried to break the scoreless tie when Studer (who was also 1-for-3) singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Laci Richardson, and to third on a passed ball, but senior Sara Faust’s line drive was snagged by the 2nd baseman. The Tigers then gave up the only two runs they would allow in the bottom of the fourth.

A walk, sacrifice bunt and two line drive singles would be all of the offense that the Huskies would produce, but it proved to be enough. Lebanon scored its lone run in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Raylee Stewart (who was 2-for-3) singled, freshman Ashley Green’s sacrifice bunt moved Stewart to second, senior Tasha Marshall (who hit 2-for-4) singled, Craft hit a line drive that the third basemen knocked down to get Stewart out at third.

Skelton then had an RBI single to score Marshall from second base. The Tigers were inches from getting two more runs in the inning, but the right fielder snagged a fly ball that was hit by freshman Chea Miller to end the inning.

“I was pleased with the results,” said Tigers coach Doyle Dunshee. “We started three freshmen and two sophomores and are improving every day.”

Lebanon will face Fishers Saturday. The junior varsity plays at 10 a.m., with the varsity game to follow.

Track results

The Lebanon track teams were also at Hamilton Heights Thursday. Both teams came up short, with the boys dropping a 72-55 decision while the Lady Tigers fell 95-36.

Once again the boys won over half the events but depth proved to be the difference. Winning events for the Tiger thinclads were senior Brad Metcalf in the 100-meter dash (12.0 seconds), senior Alan Ramsey in the 200-meter dash (23.6 seconds), senior Nick Brattain in the 400-meter dash (54.2 seconds) and junior Josh Westfall in the 800-meter run (2 minutes, 10 seconds).

Westfall and Brattain also ran on the 4x400- (3:45.9) and 4x800-meter (8:47) relays, with junior Cody Turner and senior Chase Barnett. Ramsey and Metcalf teamed with senior Eli Smith and sophomore Wyn Jester to win the 4x100-meter relay (46.0 seconds), and senior Kreg Hunter won the shot put (48 feet, nine inches). Also placing for LHS were junior Nic Braner, freshman Brad Hardwick, and senior Chris Shaw.

In the girls meet, the Lady Tigers had strong efforts, but didn’t quite have enough athletes to challenge in the team score. Lebanon won three events with freshman Elisabeth Fairfield winning the 3200-meter run in 13:34, sophomore Katrina Wiseman taking the 100 in 13.9 seconds, and the 4x100-meter relay team of Wiseman, sophomores Shelby Hunter and Casey Herron and senior Whitney Hatter earning the blue ribbon in a time of 55.3 seconds. Also taking valuable place points were sophomore Claire Milam, senior Erika DeVries and sophomores Lauren Myers and Shelbi Marshall.

“All the girls gave their all,” said Tigers coach Bob Willhite.

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