In a matchup featuring two of the area’s best pitchers, Clear Springs senior Kelly Maxwell and Alvin senior Rachel Hertenberger, the Chargers fell victim to a defensive error in the 11th inning to fall, 1-0, to the Lady Jackets on Tuesday night at Alvin High School.
Hertenberger, a University of Houston commit, pitched all 11 innings, totaling 23 strikeouts, allowing just two hits and picking up the win for Alvin.
Maxwell, an Oklahoma State commit, pitched seven scoreless innings, with nine strikeouts, allowing just two hits.
Subbing in for Maxwell in the eighth inning, junior Kaylee Thomas was in the circle for the Chargers in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Lady Jacket Clarissa Baron led off the inning with a bloop single to shallow left field and was sacrificed over to second base by Mary Pourcio.
Maxwell induced a fly out to center field by the next batter, Hertenberger, for a two-out, runner-at-second situation for the next batter, Ciara Jiminez.
Jiminez grounded the ball toward Chargers second baseman Malorie Langford, who tried to make a routine play on the ball; however, she missed the ball and it went through her legs.
Before Langford could recover, Baron had rounded third base and was halfway home, and the throw to the plate was not in time.
Thomas pitched four innings with two strikeouts and two hits, before the unearned run.
Recording the two hits for the Chargers were freshman Demi Elder and Thomas.
The Chargers (0-2 in District 24-6A) will look to bounce back strong in their next game at home against Dickinson (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday.