An untimely lapse in defense was costly for the Thomas Heyward Academy softball team Tuesday night.
The Rebels committed three errors, including one in the fifth inning which led to two runs, and host Marlboro Academy went on to win 4-3 and take Game 1 of the SCISAA Class 2-A state championship series.
Game 2 in the best-of-three format is scheduled for 6:30 tonight at Thomas Heyward.
Junior Brielle Jungblut went 2 for 4 with three RBIs to pace the Rebels. Taylor Ernestine, Andrea Daring, Kayla Canavan and Brianna Kelnhofer also had hits.
Losing pitcher Ashlie Layman went the distance, allowing five hits. All four runs scored were unearned.
"We made uncharateristic errors tonight that cost us," Rebels coach Bob Layman said. "That team didn't. You can't do that against good teams like this in the state championship."
The Rebels trailed 1-0 after the first. They were behind 4-1 heading into the seventh and scored twice before the rally was snuffed out.
The comeback made a disappointing loss a bit easier to take for the Rebels heading into tonight's Game 2.
"These girls don't give up," Bob Layman said.
A Game 3, if necessary, would be played on a neutral field Thursday at Holly Hill Academy.