By Michael Lindsay
The Upperman High School softball season came to a close Monday afternoon in Baxter as the Lady Bees fell to Page in the Region 4/AAA semifinals, 3-1.
A 2-run homer in the top of the first inning by Page gave the Lady Patriots an early 2-0 advantage in Baxter. Upperman responded in the bottom of the second inning as Gracie Butler delivered a 2-out single to right, scoring Izabella Veigel to make the score 2-1 Page after 2.
The 2-1 score would stand until the top of the seventh inning as Page scratched across another run to take a 3-1 lead. Upperman had a baserunner reach safely in the bottom of the seventh, but Page held off the late rally to pick up the 3-1 victory.
Addison McElhaney went 2-4 for Upperman in the loss. Reece Kimmel pitched all 7 innings for the Lady Bees, surrendering 7 hits and striking out 3.
Upperman wraps up the season at 22-7 overall and District 7/AAA tournament champions following Monday’s game.