Lady Wildcats split doubleheader with Brookland

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Coach Brian Haynes had a little talk with the girls after they dropped the first game of a double header to Brookland.

He told them the key to winning in softball was to either hit the ball, field the ball or hustle their tails off.

"I don't think we did any of the three," Haynes said.

The team got the message as the Lady Wildcats split a doubleheader Monday against Brookland.

Brookland won the first game 3-1 despite not allowing a single earned run, then roared back and took the second game 9-4 powered by two RBIs by Lacy Staten and Haley Brewer and another solid pitching effort by Staten.

Staten struck out nine batters in five innings and did not allow an earned run.

Brookland scored on two passed balls and a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at third base.

Trumann mustered only two hits by Bailye Ballard and Staten who also drove in the lone run for the Wildcats.

"We gave this one away," Haynes said.

In the second game, Bailye Ballard went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Brionna Crume went 2-for-3 with three runs scored for Trumann (5-2-1).

Haley Brewer and Staten each went 1-for 3 with two RBIs each.

Staten struck out eight batters, walked three and gave up only four hits.

"Lacy pitched good in both games," Haynes said. "She made some pitches in some key situations that helped out a lot. She struggled a little finding the umpire's zone. He was kind of in and out. She'd throw the same pitch and he wouldn't cal it a strike sometimes. But she dealt with that pretty good to help us pull out the second game."

Haynes said the team is doing a good job getting the first two runners on base thanks to Bailye Ballard who has moved up from the no. 9 spot.

"The last couple of years she has been my no. 9 hitter just because I like her being at the end," Haynes said. "She will come up with the leadoff hitter behind her. I've been putting her first the last three or four games and she has done a pretty good job getting on."

The bottom of the batting order is still struggling to get on base though.

"Our bottom of the order has got to start hitting the ball," Haynes said. "After get past Lacy and Haley the 4-5 spot, we haven't had many hits.

Haynes said the team is off to a pretty good start but still has some areas they need to improve.

"We've been in every game," Haynes said. "But in softball you have to win the one run games. And we've got to play better defense."

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