Catcher Cassie Smith tags out an Orange baserunner at the plate.

The Hornets fell behind Madison early and despite tying the game with the Mountaineers in the fourth inning, couldn’t keep pace and lost 7-2 last Tuesday.

The Mountaineers turned a walk, a single and two stolen bases into their first run in the bottom of the first inning and doubled the lead in the bottom of the third when Cassandra Smith tripled and scored on Bailey Smith’s ground-out to make it 2-0.

Orange knotted the game in the top of the fourth, beginning with Lindsey Slaughter’s single to center. Hannah Meadows followed with a single to right and both advanced on Alana Shumake’s ground-out. Allyson Aylor’s single brought both Hornets home to tie the game at 2-2, but good defense and a strikeout got the Mountaineers out of the inning with the damage limited. The Hornets wouldn’t score again.

Madison reclaimed the lead in its next at bat and never looked back. The Mountaineers added four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Meadows pitched five and a third innings for the Hornets, giving up six hits and striking out five. Five of her seven runs were unearned.

Logyn Estes pitched four effective innings for the Mountaineers, holding Orange to four hits and striking out seven. Emily Seale struck out four in two scoreless innings and C. Smith threw a scoreless seventh.

Friday’s game against William Monroe was rained out. The Mountaineers were scheduled to travel to Luray Tuesday and host Turner Ashby Wednesday before a rematch with the Hornets in Orange Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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