The Lady Reds took two Southern League foes to the wire last week before coming up just short.
An 11-9 loss to visiting Denair on Thursday brought the Lady Reds’ week to a close.
Gustine had battled back from an eight-run deficit to tie the game, only to see Delhi win it with two in the top of the seventh.
One disastrous inning - at least from Gustine’s standpoint - ultimately proved pivotal.
The Hawks put up nine in the fourth to take a 9-1 lead- and then weathered Gustine’s furious comeback.
The Lady Reds wasted no time getting back into the game, answering with five runs in their half of the fourth. Base hits by Viviana DeLaCruz, Stacey Oliveira, Selina Lopes, Ryanne Kuden and Cassidy Kuden helped fuel the rally.
Gustine pulled even with three runs in the sixth. Lopes and Ryanne Kuden each singled and scored. Cassidy Kuden reached base via a walk and circled the bases to plate the tying run.
But the Hawks played the role of spoiler in the top of the seventh, when Delhi parlayed two walks and a single into two runs to regain the lead, and Gustine had no answer in the bottom of the frame.
Lopes, Ryanne Kuden and Cassidy Kuden each had two hits for the Lady Reds.
Denair 6, GHS 5
Gustine took a 5-2 lead into the late innings, only to see Denair rally to win last Tuesday.
A four-run second put the West Siders up early. A two-out, bases-loaded triple by Cassidy Kuden was the big hit of that inning. She scored as well, on an error, to account for Gustine’s fourth run.
But that proved to be the extent of the offense for the Lady Reds. Gustine was unable to capitalize on late-inning opportunities, and Denair took advantage.
The Coyotes pulled to within a run with two in the sixth. A short-to-home-to-first double play with the bases loaded allowed Gustine to avoid further damage.
But an inning later, there would be no reprieve. An error and a walk set the stage, and the Coyotes followed with a double to tie the game and a walk-off single to send Gustine home on the short side of a 6-5 final score.
Kat Davis had two hits for Gustine.