URBANA -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda softball team lost 6-5 to Urbana on Monday.
"It was a great game tonight," PBL head coach Kelli Vaughn said. "The kids played hard and just played a great game."
The Panthers (2-10) trailed 2-0 heading into the sixth before Maddy Foellner hit a two-run double to center field to tie the game.
In the top of the 10th inning, Lorena Arnett -- who finished the game hitting 3-for-5 with two runs scored -- singled with one out before Foellner -- who went 2-for-4 -- homered to center field to give PBL a 4-2 lead. After Sindra Gerdes walked, Kayla Adwell doubled to left field to send Gerdes home to extend the Panthers' lead to 5-2.
On the mound, Mallorie Ecker allowed six earned runs on 16 hits and nine walks with nine strikeouts through 10 1/3 innings.
"I thought Mallorie pitched a great game, and if the ball had bounced a little differently in the bottom of the 10th, we win the game," Vaughn said.
Urbana tallied three runs of its own to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th inning, including a two-RBI double by Megan Rucker.
Ramsey Rose singled to send the game-winning run across home plate in the bottom of the 11th inning.
"The bottom line is that we are improving each day, and although losing in eleven innings was tough, we are beginning to see that we can compete with some of these better teams," Vaughn said. "We’re making progress. Now we just need to believe we can win these close games. That’s our second extra-inning loss this year, but pretty soon, those games are going to start going our way.
"I’m proud of the fight our kids showed tonight, and I’ll continue to go to battle with them any day of the week. We have three more big games this week. If we play like we played tonight, I like our chances."
The Paxton-Buckley-Loda junior varsity softball team tied 1-1 in a two-inning contest played Monday against Urbana.
Jolee Hastings hit a leadoff single for PBL before scoring on an Emma Steiner groundout in the first inning.
On the mound, Emily Adwell allowed one earned run on two hits and no walks with three strikeouts through 1 2/3 innings played.
Urbana 6, PBL 5
PBL 000 002 000 30 -- 5 9 0
URB 100 010 000 31 -- 6 16 0
W -- Allison Deck, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 7 K, 2 BB. L -- Mallorie Ecker, 10.1 IP, 16 H, 6 ER, 9 K, 9 BB.
PBL (2-10) -- Christina White 1-5. Lorena Arnett 3-5, 2 R. Baylee Cosgrove 1-5, R. Maddy Foellner 2-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBIs, R. Sindra Gerdes R, 2 BB. Kayla Adwell 1-5, 2B, RBI. Jaden Bender 1-5.
Urbana -- Megan Rucker 1-5, 2B, 2 RBIs. Allison Deck 2-3, HR, RBI, R, 3 BB. Erin Wright 1-4, R. Courtney Fouke 2-6, RBI, R. Ezri Vesely 3-6, 2 2B. Marlee Glenn 2-5, R. Anissa Martinez 1-3, R. Ramsey Rose 3-5, RBI, R. Raevyn Russell 1-4, 2B, RBI.
PBL 1, Urbana 1
PBL 10 -- 1 3 1
URB 01 -- 1 2 0
PBL pitching -- Emily Adwell, 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K, 0 BB.
PBL hitting -- Jolee Hastings 1-1, R. Sindra Gerdes 1-1. Ella Linder 1-1. Emma Steiner RBI.