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WACO’s season is ended by Holy Trinity Catholic

Warriors’ early lead disappears in 1A first-round game against Crusaders

WACO softball teams huddle during a timeout in the Warriors' opening 1A playoff game against Holy Trinity Catholic on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

WACO softball teams huddle during a timeout in the Warriors’ opening 1A playoff game against Holy Trinity Catholic on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

WEST POINT – WACO’s softball season ended Tuesday night with a 13-2 loss to Holy Trinity Catholic.

The Warriors had a good early lead, but their advantage did not last long as the Crusaders came back in the following inning.

WACO (0-17) got off to a strong start in the Class 1A, Region 6 clash.

The Warriors quickly took a 2-0 lead over the Crusaders (7-11) in the first inning as Natalie Wagler and Madison Miller both scored runs.

WACO's Natalie Wagler throws out a Holy Trinity Catholic runner during the two's 1A regional opener on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

WACO’s Natalie Wagler throws out a Holy Trinity Catholic runner during the two’s 1A regional opener on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

To the Warriors’ dismay, that lead only lasted in their half of the inning.

In the bottom half of the first period, HTC responded with three runs of their own.

It was a rough half-inning for WACO, as all three of the Crusaders’ runs came on balls to home plate, while the Crusaders were given four free bases on three walks and an error.

This was a recurring theme for the rest of the competition.

WACO's Deedra Graber throws from right field to second base in the Warriors' regional playoff opener against Holy Trinity Catholic on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

WACO’s Deedra Graber throws from right field to second base in the Warriors’ regional playoff opener against Holy Trinity Catholic on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

In the second inning, HTC scored a whopping eight runs and was 11-2. Of those eight runs, six were scored on an error or a passed ball.

WACO continued to fight, putting runners in scoring position in each of the next two innings, including a triple by Rhiannon Horn, but they couldn’t bring the runs home.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders scored two more runs at the end of the third inning to seal the deal.

With the postseason loss, WACO finishes the season 0-17.

WACO's Rhiannon Horn plays against Holy Trinity Catholic in the pair's 1A regional playoff on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

WACO’s Rhiannon Horn plays against Holy Trinity Catholic in the pair’s 1A regional playoff on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)