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Eisenhower catcher Bri Slaughter lunges toward Edmond North runner Julia Minter on a close play at home plate during the second inning of the first game of Thursday’s softball doubleheader at Grandview Sports Complex. Minter was safe on the play as the Huskies rolled to an easy 20-5 victory.Eisenhower third baseman Christine Murrain looks toward the outfield after a sizzling line drive went right over the bag for a bases-loaded hit during Thursday’s game at Grandview Sports Complex. An Edmond North runner rounds the base heading toward home, during the visitors’ 20-5 win in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader. Edmond North won the second game, 16-6.

Miscues cost Eagles in loss to Huskies

Taking the good with the bad has just been part of Eisenhower softball's young season, and Thursday was no different. 

The Eagles committed four errors in the top of the fourth inning and were stung with 12 runs, opening a trap door of mistakes in a 20-5 loss at home to Edmond North. Ike fell victim to a sweep after committing seven errors in a 16-6 loss in Game 2 of the doubleheader at Grandview Sports Complex. 

In Game 1, things started going wrong after an inning where the Eagles seemed to do everything right. 

After coming up with a five-run, two-out rally in the third that erased a 6-0 deficit and got Ike within 6-5, the Eagle defense faltered as Edmond North plated 12 runs and took a commanding 18-5 lead. 

"Buzz kill," Ike coach April Chapman said. "I wish I could say I knew (what went wrong in the fourth) so I could fix it. I think that we get really close, then I feel like one thing goes bad. They might be OK with that one thing, one hit, one error, but when something else happens they start doubting themselves.

"We're getting there, though. Last year that five-run inning (of Ike's) wouldn't have happened. They're getting close and they know it." 

There were bright spots in the defense, like in the second inning when third baseman Christine Murrain caught a hard line-drive and stepped on the bag for a double play to escape a bases-loaded jam. But in total, Ike (1-3) recorded eight errors, which spelled trouble when combined with Edmond North's 14 hits against Eagles pitchers Kylie Garrett and Katie Madigan. 

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