Jacksonville dropped a pair of close contests to the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears last week at Dupree Park, before heavy rains moved in and put much of the park under water at the end of the week.

The Lady Red Devils dropped the opening game 2-1, and then fell in a 2-0 shutout in the second game.

Jacksonville missed some scoring chances in the first game, only getting the one run despite getting five hits and three walks off the Sylvan Hills ace Michelle Sorensen.

After Sylvan Hills took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Jacksonville came back to knot it up in the fourth.

Zylah Richardson led off the inning with a single to the left side, but the speedy Devil was quickly erased on the next pitch when she was thrown out trying to steal second.

That out turned out to be a big one, as Kinley Burrows drew a walk, then scored on hits from Kymberly House and Emily Lovercheck. Lovercheck led Jacksonville with a pair of hits and the RBI.

Sylvan Hills scored what became the winning run in the fifth inning thanks to a triple and single.

Briana Lloyd pitched a solid game for the Lady Devils, giving up five hits and two walks while fanning five in the loss.

The second game went much the same way for Jacksonville, with Sylvan Hills being just a little more efficient with their hits.

House got the start for Jacksonville this time, and gave up five hits and three walks while her defense was excellent behind her.

Two of Jacksonville’s four hits came in the first inning when Morgan Lloyd and Burrows both singled. Richardson got on base on a fielder’s choice, but Sorensen was able to pitch out of the jam.

Jacksonville was scheduled to play North Pulaski on Tuesday, but heavy weekend rains have still left standing water over much of Dupree Park.