Beckham outduels DeSpain in softball contest

Beckham outduels DeSpain in softball contest

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Carlinville spent just over an hour on the softball diamond Monday afternoon at Litchfield after going 13 days between games.

The Purple Panthers scored an unearned run in the fourth and beat the Cavaliers 1-0 to improve to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the conference.

With the loss, Carlinville is now 6-10 overall, 1-6 in conference play.

The fact that it had been four days since it last rained, and that the sun was out on Monday marked a significant occasion for the softball team, which has had 15 postponements or cancellations this season due to inclement weather or field conditions.

Tessa Beckham outdueled Alyssa DeSpain in a pitcher’s duel classic on Monday.

The pair of pitchers combined to strike out 28 batters.

Carlinville only had two hits; Litchfield had just one but it came in a very opportune time for the Purple Panthers.

The Cavies stranded two runners on in the second inning then had a runner thrown out trying to steal to end the third on a strikeout-throw out double play.

In the fourth, Beckham provided the only hit with an RBI-double to give Litchfield a 1-0 lead, which would hold up.

The Cavies got hits from Kayla Seal, a bunt single in the second, and from Jordan Houseman in the seventh inning. Both teams had one error in the game.

DeSpain deserved a better fate, allowing just one hit while striking out 13 and issuing no walks.

Beckham fanned 15, walked two and allowed two hits for Litchfield.

The Cavaliers head to Hardin Calhoun on Tuesday and host Staunton on Wednesday before senior night on Thursday evening against Jersey.

The Cavies open regional play next Monday, traveling to Staunton for a 4:30 p.m. game.