Salado Lady Eagles struggled at the plate against dominating pitcher Makenzie Carpenter on April 2, losing 1-0 to the Burnet Lady Bulldogs.
Carpenter struck out 15 Salado batters to earn the win, allowing just three hits and walking none.
The Lady Bulldogs scored with two outs in the first inning on back-to-back-to-back singles by Carpenter, Alex Barry and Natalie Frank. Carpenter scored on the single to center by Frank.
Twice more in the game, Burnet put runners in scoring position, but losing pitcher Bailey Tindell was able to get out of trouble. In the fourth inning, Burnet had the bases loaded with two outs, when second baseman Meagan Hill caught a foul fly to end the inning without a runner scoring.
In the fifth, Ashley Hallmark walked for Burnet and went to second on a passed ball. Carpenter was hit by a pitch but both base runners were put out in a double play that allow Barry to go to first. A pop up to shortstop Malory Schattle ended the inning.
Salado had runners in scoring position only once in the game when Tindell and Lindy Martin singled with one out. Carpenter then struck out the next two batters.
Rebecca Dockray had the other hit for Salado, a single with two outs in the inning.
Tindell was issued the loss on the mound for Salado. She faced 26 batters, walking four, striking out five and giving up four hits.
The Lady Eagles have a three-game home stretch, playing the Llano Lady Jackets on April 5 (after presstime), the Taylor Lady Ducks on April 8 and the Lampasas Lady Badgers on April 12. The Lady Eagles are 3-1 in District 25-4A.