Lady Chargers Softball Struggles

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The softball team stumbles at home.

The team lost three games in a row at home and they are hoping to bounce back this week.

The Lady Chargers started the season strong after winning the first two games. On March 18, the team held a tournament at home and lost two games, and then fell to Ballard at home three days later. The Lady Chargers have many improvements that need to be made before their next game against Collins.

The softball season started on March 11 as the girls traveled to Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY and defeated the Blue Devils by a final score of 7-0. Junior, Taylor Roby pitched a no-hitter. The Lady Chargers then knocked off Assumption High School in a high scoring game, 15-11. “Our first two games we were strong defensively and we were all hitting really good,” said senior softball player, Jordan Goers.

The Lady Chargers held a tournament style set of games on Saturday, March 18. The team started the day by playing Paul Laurence Dunbar from Lexington, KY. Dunbar opened the gates swinging for the hills as they got out to a quick 9-0 lead in the second inning. The Lady Chargers gave up five runs in the second inning. Dunbar continued to put on runs and stole many bases even when they were up by 10 runs. Hannah Dahl, senior, hit a triple and later scored when Dunbar threw a wild pitch. The Lady Chargers scored three runs after a bases loaded double by Roby. The Lady Chargers fell to Dunbar 18-4. Dunbar then played McCracken County in the second game of the day.

McCracken County then faced off against the Lady Chargers in the last game of the day. Roby was the starting pitcher. McCracken County was able to get on base after an infield error on the Lady Chargers and the runner was later able to score. Roby was able to get out of the inning by throwing out a runner at first base. In the second inning, McCracken County tried to get a fast one by the Lady Chargers by laying down a bunt, but the Lady Chargers were able to get a runner out at home plate. McCracken County blasted a homerun in the top of the third inning to make the score 2-0. McCracken County was able to hit in a few more runs, making the score 7-0 and then Roby nailed a homerun to put the Lady Chargers on the board, 7-1. The Lady Chargers fell short to McCracken County, 9-2.

“We really need to find our hitting groove again and we all need to figure out our positions. We need to come to every practice and game focused,” said Goers.

Coming off of back to back loses, the team hosted Ballard High School on March 21. The team would get shut out by the Bruins and fall to Ballard 10-0. The Lady Chargers had nothing going their way as they couldn’t get the bats going. Ballard stole many bases and some questionable calls were made by the umpires that made the home crowd upset. Pitcher Taylor Roby has had to transition to throwing to a new catcher this season. “It’s definitely different throwing to a new catcher, we both aren’t used to it, but I believe it will be better for the team in the long run,” said Roby.

The team looked to bounce back on Wednesday, March 22 as they faced McDonell Central Catholic High School from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The Lady Chargers won in a close game 4-1. “Winning it definitely made our confidence rise,” said Roby.

The girls will be back in action at home on March 28 as they will take on Collins High School, the team they lost to last season for the first loss of their season.

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