For the tenth time in program history and the fourth consecutive year, the Fairfield Lady Lions (20-7, 10-3 SHAC) advanced to play in a Regional Tournament. This time it was the Lancaster Division III Regional Tournament at Lancaster High School. But a record setting season ended this afternoon before a truly impressive showing of Fairfield Lady Lion fans on an absolutely beautiful day for softball. The game was hard fought by both teams from the first pitch to the last. The Meadowbrook Lady Colts (19-7) would score an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning and added two more in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. But, the Fairfield Lady Lions never gave up and rallied in the top of the seventh inning to score two runs falling a run short as Meadowbrook would take the 3-2 victory
Although the Lady Lions offense only collected three hits on the afternoon, they consistently hit the ball hard throughout the game. But the hard line drives and ground balls would be hit right at the Meadowbrook defenders.
All of Fairfield's offense came in the top of the 7th inning when Kaiti White stepped to the plate to lead off with a base hit. Layla Hattan followed with a line drive base hit to right field. Both runners advanced to second and third on a throwing error by the right fielder. Lauren Arnold drove a fly ball to centerfield to score Kaiti White running for herself as Hattan advanced to third base. Taylor Lawson drove in Hattan on a ground out to the shortstop. But Alyssa Marlatt would strike out the next hitter to send Meadowbrook to the Regional Final game.
Leading hitters for the Lady Lions: Lyndee Spargur (0 for 2, walk), Kaiti White (1 for 3, 1 run), Layla Hattan (1 for 3, 1 run), Lauren Arnold ( 0 for 2, sac fly, 1 rbi), Taylor Lawson (0 for 3, 1 rbi), Madison Fox (1 for 2).
Kaiti White (19-6) suffered the loss today, but deserved a better fate. Her pitching line: 6 innings, 3 runs, 1 earned run, no walks, and 11 strikeouts). Alyssa Marlatt (15-7) was the winning pitcher for Meadowbrook. Marlatt’s pitching line: 7 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts.