A couple of early errors and the lack of consistent hitting brought the season to an early end for the fourth-ranked Pitkin Lady Tigers on Thursday as they fell to the 13th-ranked Grand Lake Lady Hornets in the second round of the Class B playoffs, 6-0.


A couple of early errors and the lack of consistent hitting brought the season to an early end for the fourth-ranked Pitkin Lady Tigers on Thursday as they fell to the 13th-ranked Grand Lake Lady Hornets in the second round of the Class B playoffs, 6-0.
"We just didn't hit the ball like we can and we had some errors early that hurt us," Pitkin head coach Jeff Iber said. "Also, Grand Lake made the necessary plays defensively. They made some great plays."
The Lady Hornets improved to 15-10 overall with the win, while Pitkin finished the season with a mark of 15-10-1.
Grand Lake took advantage early on, scoring four times in the top of the first as Pitkin got off to a bit of shaky start in the field.
The Lady Tigers appeared to settle down defensively after that, allowing only single runs in the third and fourth innings.
However, Pitkin never could seem to string together any hits as Grand Lake was on top of its game defensively.
Despite the loss, Iber was very happy with how his girls performed this season. He is even more excited about the 2012 campaign as his team will graduate no players this year.
"It was a kind of a whirlwind season. It was crazy at first," he noted. "We started off a little shaky, but really got on a roll during district and went 10-0 to win the championship.
"I'm already looking forward to next year," he added. "We have no seniors and this year was a good for us as we start building a program. I'm very proud of my girls and I can't wait until next year."
Junior pitcher Ali Merchant suffered the loss, giving up six runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts and a walk. She had one of Pitkin four hits in the contest.
Amber Johnson, Hailee Anding and Angelina Dauzat had a hit each for the Lady Tigers in the loss.
Blair Little earned the win in the circle for Grand Lake, giving up no runs in five innings of work. She went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, while Jasmine Miller also went 3-for-4.