Things looked optimistic for the Tigers when Kenzi Sutton hit a solo home run, her fifth home run of the season, in the first inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead and they looked optimistic again when Taylor Boorn and Kate Collins scored in the sixth inning to take another lead, this time a 3-2 lead and this time late in the game. The Tigers couldn’t stop Perry, however, from scoring three runs in the top of the seventh and securing a 5-3 win after Jessica Wyant was thrown out in a rundown between first and second in the bottom half of the seventh to end the game on Wednesday, June 12.
After taking the early lead in the first inning, the A-D-M softball team surrendered the lead to Perry in the third inning when they scored two runs. After that they were scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning.
With the bases loaded and one out Lexi Wyant reached base on a fielders choice while Sutton was thrown out at home. The bases were still loaded with two outs when Hannah Tiffany batted in Boorn and Collins. Wyant tried to score on the play and give the Tigers a two-run lead but was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.
With a one-run lead there was a misplayed bunt in the infield and a collision in left field that contributed to Perry’s three-run inning. A-D-M Coach Steph Mehmen said that her team is usually good at handling the pressure situations like the ones they were in on Wednesday.
"Normally we do well, we are a team that usually doesn’t give up and continues to fight really hard and unfortunately we had a misplayed ball in the outfield, that really cost us a big one," said Mehmen. "We had a misplayed bunt that we didn’t get the throw down and normally that’s not us so we just didn’t have it, we didn’t bring the A game."
Kate Collins pitched all seven innings for the Tigers and gave up 10 hits, walked one batter, had three earned runs and struck out four batters.
A-D-M and Perry played earlier this season and the Tigers won 9-3 in Perry. Mehmen said that that shouldn’t have played a factor in this game.
"We went into that game with the mentality that Perry came into this game with," said Mehmen. "We went into the mentality that we were going to crush the ball and we were going to get on them right away and we didn’t bring that mentality this game and that’s what happens."
The next day, A-D-M went into the next game against Carlisle and lost by a score of 12-0. Pitcher Kate Collins gave up 12 runs in 2.1 innings.
At the Elite 8 tournament in Urbandale on Saturday after being rained out on Friday, the Tigers won the first game against Urbandale 7-6 but lost the next game to Des Moines Lincoln 1-0. On Monday the Tigers lost on the road to Carroll 6-4 and followed that up with a narrow loss at home to Bondurant-Farrar 6-5.