Ten-thirty came early Saturday morning for the Key West High softball team, but the Conchs were back on the sunny Back Yard diamond determined to avenge an 8-5 defeat on Friday night to Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.
The first two innings were scoreless, and the Conchs' freshman pitcher, Kendell Snow, with her mother pointing a camera at her through the backstop fence, looked sharp.
But in the top of the third, things fell apart, as Chaminade scored four runs.
After two walks and an infield pop single that dropped among several infielders, the Lions had the bases loaded with no one out. Dana DeFalco then hit a sacrifice fly and Kimberly Paulino followed with a two-run single. After another walk, coach Ashley James replaced Snow with Desirae Laguna, who allowed a run-scoring grounder by Danielle MacMurdo.
Key West got a run back in the bottom of the third on a home run over the left-field fence by freshman Angela Niles, but the Lions came back with three runs in the fourth, one of which came on an error by Laguna and another that resulted when the Conchs botched a rundown between first and second bases.
The Conchs cut the lead to 7-2 in the fifth when Niles, who had opened the inning with a bunt single, scored on an infield hit by freshman Jayla DiGennaro.
Chaminade, en route to an 8-4 victory, made it 8-2 in the sixth on an RBI single by Paulino. The Conchs got their last two runs in the seventh on a single by Angelika Green, a double by MacKenzie Cohen and a Chaminade error.
The Conchs had nine hits against pitcher Lexi Patalano, whose specialty was a change-up, but they never put together two in a row. "Her main pitch wasn't overpowering," James said, "We should have ripped her."
The two losses dropped the Conchs to 1-2. The Conchs will play Carrollton at 3 p.m. Friday at the Back Yard, and then host Marathon at 1 p.m. Saturday.