Skyline got on the board first in its District championship game with visiting Howell on Monday afternoon but everyone on the field, in the dugouts and sitting in the bleachers knew one run wasn’t going to be enough for the Eagles. And it’s not because their ace pitcher Mayah Alam wasn’t dealing – because she was dealing just fine – but because a team like Howell doesn’t become a program like Howell by losing one-run games in the postseason.
Howell had a very impressive pitcher in the circle and when Skyline had chances, they needed to turn those chances into runs. Unfortunately, the Eagles did it just once and it turned out to be not enough as Howell scored three runs in the fifth inning to win the District final 3-1 over Skyline.
The Eagles had a chance in the second inning to put some runs on the board. Nyeli Kratz ripped a leadoff single up the middle and Makayla Klein followed with a bunt single and the Eagles were in business. A sacrifice by Jordan Hall moved both runners into scoring position but Howell was able to get out of it run free.
In the third inning, Skyline loaded the bases with two outs. Sarah Larson hit a shot back to the pitcher, who knocked it down but couldn’t locate it in time and the Eagles took a 1-0 lead. They appeared to score again but the umpire ruled the Skyline player stepped on home plate while bunting and the inning was over.
Ahead 1-0 after four, Howell scored three runs on a couple well hit balls and a couple bloop singles to lead 3-1.
Skyline managed just two hits on the day – Kratz and Klein.
Alam pitched well for the Eagles. She allowed just four hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts over seven innings.