The Foster softball team saw why Barbers Hill is one of the main contenders to reach the 5A state championship game this year.

Behind a five-run inning in the third and 14 hits in the game, the No. 2 Lady Eagles won the first game of the 5A area round series 7-1 on Wednesday at Clear Falls High School.

Foster needs to win Game 2 to keep the best-of-three series going. That game is on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Clear Falls.

The Lady Falcons were held to only one hit and committed four errors in the game.

One of those errors happened in the third inning that started a five-run inning. A fly ball by shortstop Sydney Hoyt to centerfield that was misplayed allowed a run to score, and hits by Hayley Freudenberg and Rebecca Miller put Barbers Hill up 4-0. Another run scored on a passed ball, allowing Miller to score.

The Lady Eagles got two more runs in the seventh inning on a two-RBI double by Stephanie Niemann.

Pitcher Amanda Allen pitched all seven innings for the Lady Falcons, giving up seven earned runs on 14 hits walking one and striking out four.

Foster’s lone run came in the fourth inning, as left fielder Kylie Neel doubled to left field, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a passed ball.

That would be the lone offensive threat to the Lady Eagles, as pitcher Samantha Landry held Foster to only one hit and one walk while striking out eight batters.

The only other Foster baserunner was third baseman Kylie Stamper, who reached on an error in the sixth inning.

Barbers Hill moved to 35-2 on the season, while Foster dropped to 12-8.

If Foster wins Game 2, Game 3 would take place on Friday at 5 p.m.

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