The 2022 softball season came to an end for the Maxwell Lady Panthers on May 19 in a devastating loss at home against Fall River.
Despite defeating Biggs in the first round of NCIF Playoffs in a 9-5 victory two days earlier, Maxwell faltered against Fall River, coming up short 18-6.
Kimmi Garrison got the scoreboard rolling for Maxwell, against Biggs on May 17, in their first round of playoffs, stealing home on a wild pitch by Biggs pitcher K. Headley.
Capitalizing on multiple field errors from Biggs, the Lady Panthers notched in eight runs by the bottom of the fourth, largely with the bats of Garrison, Shelby Dunlap and Emma Hendrix.
A sluggish fifth inning for Maxwell gave Biggs momentum, allowing five runs to Maxwell’s eight. Jocelyn Lazarus lasted five innings from the pitcher’s circle, allowing eight hits and five runs, while striking out four.
Garrison recorded the last six outs to earn the save for Maxwell and secure the win with a final 9-5 score.
Dunlap led the Lady Panthers with three hits in four at bats, while Garrison’s four stolen bases also contributed.
The second round of playoffs took a different turn for Maxwell against Fall River, a team the Lady Panthers haven’t defeated in a playoff game since 2014.
The two teams have matched up in the NCIF playoff bracket six times in the past 10 years.
The first inning looked to have evenly matched teams, but Fall River secured the lead at 3-2.
But the top of the second inning would essentially seal the fate of the Lady Panthers after a multitude of fielding errors allowed the Bulldogs to place 10 runs on the scoreboard, before the Panthers’ Fatima Cano provided the third out with a caught fly ball to deep center field.
Maxwell held Fall River scoreless over the next three innings, and only added two runs of their own for a 13-4 score at the top of the sixth.
Fall River’s momentum picked up yet again in the top of the sixth, placing five more runs on the board, which ended the Lady Panthers’ season with an 18-6 final score.
Maxwell ended their season with a 21-7 overall record and third in the Five-Star League with a 7-3 record. ■