The Houston softball team’s 2017 season ended last Thursday with a 16-2 district semifinal loss to Ava.

The Lady Tigers wrapped up their final campaign in the fall with a 10-11 record. Ava defeated Mansfield 2-1 in Friday’s championship game to win Class 2 District 1.

HHS seniors Kaitlyn Root and Madison Lawson had two hits apiece in their final game. Fellow senior Taylor Chipps doubled and scored twice. 

The Lady Tigers went head in the top of the first inning. Chipps doubled and with two outs, scored on Lawson’s RBI triple into the left-field corner. 

Ava, which had 14 hits, answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Lady Bears scored four, five and four runs the next three innings to pull away. 

Houston’s other run came via a third-inning single by Root to score Chipps, who reached on an error. 


Houston   101   00   –   2  7  5

Ava   345   4x   –  16  14  1

HHS hits: Root 2, Lawson 2, Chipps, Ozier, Crawford. 

Losing pitcher: Roberts.


Friday’s championship

Ava 2, Mansfield 1

Thursday’s semifinals

Ava 16, Houston 2

Mansfield 11, Gainesville 0

Wednesday’s first round

Houston 12, Seymour 11

Gainesville 17, Hartville 15

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