It was death by dink in the first game and death by misadventure in the second as the LadyStorm softballers fell 3-2 and 6-4 in nine innings to East Central here Wednesday afternoon.
Four of EC’s seven hits were of the seeing-eye variety, just out of reach of everybody.
Friday the 13th came on Wednesday this month. If it could go wrong for the Storm, it did. If it couldn’t go wrong, it still went wrong.
Southeastern scored a run in the first inning of both games, but couldn’t make it hold up.
Destiny Riddle provided the Storm offense in game one as she collected both Southeastern hits, including her fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning.
Mykeala Wallace clubbed her sixth roundtripper with one out in the bottom of the seventh to send the second game into extra innings.
Symphoni Shomo added three stolen bases and improved her league-leading total to 24.
The Storm fell to 16-28 overall and 10-24 in the Great American Conference. EC is now 25-22 and 16-19.
Southeastern is scheduled to host Oklahoma Baptist in Friday-Saturday doubleheaders that will wrap up the home slate and leave only a trip to Southern Arkansas on the regular-season list.
East Central 3, LadyStorm 2
Shomo fouled off a 3-2 delivery, drew a leadoff walk, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Riddle to get the LadyStorm off to a fast start.
Unfortunately, that was it for offense until Riddle drilled a leadoff homer in the sixth.
Riddle was two for two with two runs batted in to account for both Southeastern hits.
East Central tied the game in the third on a single, sacrifice bunt and a throwing error.
The Lady Tigers added two runs in the fourth on a leadoff single and Breecia Crawford’s two-run homer that produced the eventual winning run.
Emily Cudd pitched 6.1 innings, allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one, struck out three and took the loss to make her record 12-13.
Riddle was called to the circle and delivered both times. She came on to get a strikeout on one pitch in the second and later came back in the same inning to get an inning-ending ground out from pitcher to short to first.
Crawford led EC with two for two and two RBIs.
East Central 6, LadyStorm 4
Shomo led off with an infield hit and moved to second on a sac bunt by Kennedy Salyers, then stole third and scored on a throwing error.
EC tied it in the top of the third on a two-out error, wild pitch and an infield single to shortstop.
The Storm took the lead with two runs in the fourth. Riddle drew a one-out walk and went to third on Keeshia Thompson’s double to center field.
Conner Harmon singled home the first run with Thompson advancing to third as Riddle scored. Wallace grounded to third to plate thesecond run.
EC scored in the fifth on two hits and left two stranded. The Lady Tigers went ahead with two in the seventh on two hits and a pair of walks that forced in the runs.
SE’s Wallace belted a home run in the seventh to send the game into extra innings at 4-4.
Southeastern left three runners stranded in the eighth and that was the difference as EC scored two in the ninth on a two-out RBI-triple and a run-scoring single.
Shomo, Salyers, Thompson, Harmon and Wallace each had a hit for the LadyStorm.
Alissa Taylor was two for three and Ellanee Allison three for five to lead East Central.
Riddle pitched 8.2 innings, gave up six runs on five hits, walked three, whiffed one and fell to 3-7.
Cudd pitched one-third of an inning and walked two.