Tompkins faces setback against George Ranch, but confident heading to game 2

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 4/28/22

“I think we have everything it takes to come back and win two in a row,” Scribner said. “We definitely have it and we have that confidence. We’re ready and we just want to come back and prove ourselves tomorrow.”

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Tompkins faces setback against George Ranch, but confident heading to game 2

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Tompkins has had setbacks this season.

But every time they have, the Falcons have had the answer.

Tomkins will be in need of those answers at the most important time this season, as the Falcons faced a 10-6 loss in game one of their bi-district series against George Ranch on Thursday.

“We just have to make some adjustments,” said Tompkins head coach Katy Agiannidis. “the biggest thing for us today was we didn’t stay through the ball and we’re going to have to do that instead of getting up underneath it. Every ball we hit seemed to float out to people and it made it easy to catch. It didn’t challenge them enough and we have to do a better job of that tomorrow.”

Things were close on the stat sheet despite the score. George Ranch outhit the Falcons 11-10, but the big difference was the errors, as Tompkins had five to George Ranch’s two. That is something the Falcons know they must clean up going forward.

“Our defense played pretty well tonight and turned some double plays too,” said Kaitlyn Scribner. “But we can’t have errors the way we did tonight and we have to be better hitting the ball.”

George Ranch took the lead in the top of the first inning off a Karrlauhn Deas two run homerun and they got two more in the third inning when Seleste Compian hit a sacrifice grounder and Mariah Garner hit a sacrifice fly, making things 4-0 in favor of the Longhorns.

Morgan Brown tried to will the Falcons back into it, and in the fourth, she hit a solo homerun to trim the deficit to three. And the Falcons found their offense in the fifth, getting two runners on before Tauryn Alexander hit a three run homer to tie things, Brown then followed that up with a solo blast to give Tompkins the lead.

“I think that inning showed them what they need to see for tomorrow,” Agiannidis said. “The kids know what they need to do and know that they can do it. They’re capable, we just have to string all of that together in more than one inning. If we do that, we’ll be where we need to be.”

But George Ranch answered right back. The Longhorns got a run on an error and then an RBI single from Jesyca Johnsonston before a double from Ella Kolenko drove in another run. Kennedy Marlow then hit an RBI single and Deas hit a double to drive another. Johnson then capped off the scoring for George Ranch in the top of the seventh with a solo homerun.

The Falcons got one back in the bottom of the seventh, with Blakely Haynie hitting an RBI single, but it wouldn’t be enough in the loss.

But despite the struggles, the Falcons are confident heading into Friday’s game two. Tompkins hasn’t lost two in a row all season, and don’t plan on starting that now. And they know there are things to build on from Thursday’s game.

“I think we have everything it takes to come back and win two in a row,” Scribner said. “We definitely have it and we have that confidence. We’re ready and we just want to come back and prove ourselves tomorrow.”

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