HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt Cub softball team had a new experience on Monday evening at home against Leon-Bluestem.
For the first time in four years, the Cubs lost a regular season game after the Lions won 11-9 in game two.
A loss in the fourth game of the season isn’t going to derail the expectations for the Cubs this season, but during the defeat, a much more damaging loss occurred.
In the fifth inning, the Cubs were mounting a rally when sophomore center fielder Aricah McCall raced toward first base to beat out an RBI infield single. McCall beat the Lions’ throw to first, but after stepping on first base, she crumpled to the ground.
Aricah’s sister Makaylah McCall — who scored on the play — and Humboldt coaches Brad Piley and David Taylor rushed to her side and Taylor and Makaylah helped her to the dugout.
“When she was running, she stomped it pretty good when she hit the bag,” Piley said. “I don’t even think she rolled her ankle, she just came down really hard and maybe popped a bone.”
On the field, Aricah’s RBI cut Bluestem’s lead to 8-6.
In the sixth inning, the team’s exchanged runs with Wilhite picking up a RBI.
Bluestem added another two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the lead to four.
Kira McReynolds and Tilar Wells led off the Cubs’ seventh inning with doubles and Sydney Houk singled to cut the margin back to two runs and bring the tying run to the plate.
Bluestem was able to buckle down and recorded three-straight outs to end the game and hand the 11-9 loss to the Cubs.
“We haven’t had very much practice with state basketball and rain outs,” Piley said. “It has been busy so far so maybe now we can settle in.
“The more games we get to play, the better we are going to be.”
The Cubs picked up a 6-2 victory in the first game.
Humboldt scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead and they added another run in the sixth when Snyder tripled before later scoring.
Each team tacked on two runs in the seventh inning to provide the final margin.
After a trip to the emegency room, it was revealed that Aricah McCall broke her ankle.
The loss of their center fielder and lead-off hitter leaves a big hole in the Cubs lineup and defense.
Stay up to date with the Register over the next few days as to how the Cubs will attempt to compensate for the loss.
The Cubs have a week off before hosting Eureka next Monday.
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