Maleah Anderson had a hit in East Robertson’s 16-8 loss to Houston County last Tuesday. PHIL STAUDER

Maleah Anderson had a hit in East Robertson’s 16-8 loss to Houston County last Tuesday. PHIL STAUDER

With a chance to claim the regular season District 9-A title, the East Robertson softball team was not able to hold down the Houston County offense as the Lady Indians fell, 16-8, on Tuesday.

With the loss, East will be the second seed in the district tournament.

Tuesday’s game was back and forth for the first four innings as the lead changed hands four times and the Indians led 8-7 heading into the fifth.

However, some Houston County hits along with a couple of East errors led to a four-run fifth inning for the Irish, and then Houston County pounded out seven straight hits with two outs in the sixth inning to score five more times.

Houston County had 17 hits in the game. East had eight hits but struggled in the field committing nine errors.

Malone Thrift and Kaley Ezell led the Indians offense with two hits each. Savannah Hinkle, Chase Marlin, Makenzie Hinkle and Maleah Anderson had one hit apiece. Thrift had two RBIs and Jordan Jarrett scored twice.

Abigail Dixon pitched all seven innings for East. Of the 16 runs she allowed nine were unearned.

The Lady Indians bounced back Thursday with a 16-7 defeat of McEwen.

McEwen scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning but it was all East Robertson after that.

The time it was the Indian offense that broke out with 18 hits.

East slowly climbed back in the game and took control with a six-run fifth inning.

Thrift, Ezell, Olivia White and Marlin had three hits apiece for East. Jarrett had two hits while Savannah Hinkle, Makenzie Hinkle, Sabrina Abney and Rylee Hinkle had one each.

Thrift had five RBIs, Ezell smacked a home run and had three RBIs and Sabrina Abney knocked in two runs.

Pitchers Rylee Hinkle, Dixon and Jillian Goostree combined to hold McEwen to just six hits.

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