When you only have two pitchers on your staff, doubleheaders can take their toll.
The Alma Scots swept the SC4 Lady Skippers at Pine Grove Park, Tuesday, March 30 by scores of 7-1 and 5-1. The losses dropped the Skips’ record to 3-7.
“We had the chances to score but we didn’t get the hits when we needed them,” SC4 Coach Ron Matthews said. “The team hadn’t played in a couple of weeks and it showed. We were shaky at the beginning but after a few innings, we played very solid.”
Skippers’ sophomore Jordyn Denomme pitched the first game. She held the Scots to four runs in the first six innings but a three run seventh sealed the deal for Alma.
“Both pitchers got a little tired in the end,” Matthews said. “It would be nice to have a third pitcher. We’re forced to go with two pitchers which can be tough.”
In the second game, freshman Jackie Highstreet held Alma to one run in five innings in her first start of the year. However, Alma scored three in the sixth and another in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.
“I thought Highstreet pitched well for her first game,” Matthews said. “We just weren’t hitting the ball like we have been.”
The Alma Scots raised their record to 6-0.
“We came here with a couple of pitchers that aren’t usually our regular ones,” Alma Coach Denny Griffin said. “They did an excellent job today by keeping the ball down and keeping their good hitters from doing too much damage.
“We got the hits when we needed them. We maintained high energy in a cold weather condition.”
Skippers’ freshman Hannah Jones felt positive despite the results.
“Alma is a pretty good team,” she said. “We played with first game jitters and it showed. We’re getting used to playing together. Once we get the chemistry going, I’m really excited for the future.”
SC4 returns to play two league home dates at Pine Grove Park this week. On Thursday, the Lady Skippers play Macomb Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday,
April 10 SC4 will face Alpena with a start time of 1 p.m.