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Lady Bronchos pitcher Alix Standridge throws during the early part of their first game at the Red Dirt Classic hosted by Central High.

Splitting their first two games of the season, the Central High Lady Bronchos returned to their home field to host the Red Dirt Classic but dropped the tournament opener 8-7 to Elmore City-Pernell.

Even though they were on their home field, the Lady Bronchos lost the coin toss and had to bat first, but Central High took the early advantage.

A one out double from Tatum Schulte scored lead off hitter Vivian Shipley before starting pitcher Alix Sandridge singled in Schulte to take the 2-0 lead after one half inning of play.

Elmore City-Pernell tied the ball game up at two apiece in the bottom half of the first inning. The Lady Bronchos came back up to bat in the top of the second and their offense kept going.

Reaching first was Kenzie McCracken and then a bunt single from Shipley brought McCracken home and when the Lady Badgers catcher tried to throw Shipley out, it soared into the right field corner.

Shipley would come home on that error as well to make it a 4-2 advantage for Central High before another single from Railey Heaton got the Bronchos in action again.

Hope Harris reached on a dropped third strike to move Heaton over to second and then Standridge loaded the bases with a bunt single and two outs.

Faith Robbins, the lone senior for the Lady Bronchos, laid down a bunt with the first baseman charging though she bobbled the ball to allow Heaton to cross home and give Central the 5-2 lead.

In the circle, Standridge was able to get two fly outs and a ground out for a 1-2-3 inning to lead by three runs after two innings of play.

Lady Bronchos in the top half of the third inning got a two out rally when Shipley singled through the left side and Heaton singled her in to make it a 6-2 advantage for Central High.

Facing a 1-1 count, Schulte hammered the ball deep to the left field corner for a triple to score Heaton and give the Lady Bronchos the 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning.

An error by Central High scored two runs in the bottom of the third for Elmore City to cut the lead to 7-4, but the Bronchos got three straight outs to head to the top of the fourth still with the lead.

The offense for the Lady Bronchos stalled out in the top of the fourth as the Lady Badgers got three straight outs and needed three to tie and four to win heading into the bottom of the fourth with the time limit looming over their head.

Elmore City was able to take advantage of some miscues from the Lady Bronchos to score four with a walk-off double scoring the final two runs to complete the 8-7 victory over Central High.

Shipley lead the Bronchos offense going 3-for-3, while Heaton, Schulte and Standridge had two hits apiece as they dropped to 1-2 on the young 2019 season.

They had one more game Thursday as Central High tried to get in the win column with their final game of the day not reported as of press time.

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