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Gainesville’s Brittany Royal (right) and the Lady Leopards came up short against Argyle Tuesday. The Lady Leopards fell 5-2 to the Lady Eagles. Gainesville will be back in action Friday when they travel to Sanger.

The Gainesville Lady Leopards had their best defensive performance of the season, but they weren’t able to get the key hit when they needed it in a 5-2 loss to the Argyle Lady Eagles Tuesday night.

Gainesville played flawless defense for most of the game. Their only error came in the seventh inning.

But timely hitting was a problem. Argyle pitcher Alyssa Bruton only allowed one hit and struck out nine Lady Leopards.

Still, it was just a 4-2 game in the bottom of the sixth when Gainesville came within three inches of possibly tying things up. With two outs and Gainesville trailing 4-1, Bari Hancock walked. Hannah Gerken then reached on an error that allowed Hancock to score to make it 4-2. Freshman Brittany Royal then hit a drive down the right field line that just went foul. If the ball had landed fair, Gerken would have scored easily and the speedy Royal might have had a shot for an inside-the-park home run. If that had happened, it would have been the second time in the game.

Back in the second inning, Gainesville’s Sarah Gerken hit a shot to right field that went all the way to the fence and the junior was able to motor around the bases for a home run. That would turn out to be the only hit of the game for Gainesville, who only had three batters reach base.

Argyle went up 2-0 in the top of the first thanks to two hits, two walks and five stolen bases. The Lady Leopards made it 2-1 in the second on Gerken’s homer, but the Lady Eagles answered back in the top of the third with two more runs on four hits including RBI singles by Blair O’Brien and Emma Havrilla. That would be more than enough for Bruton, who pitched all seven innings and also added two hits at the plate for Argyle.

The loss drops Gainesville’s overall record to 6-11. They are now 0-3 in District 9-3A play and will travel to Sanger Friday.

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