Starting fast and finishing strong is a formula for success in nearly every sport.
Racking up wins early in the year often allows a spacious margin for error in the middle of the season, when injuries and slumps tend to make unwelcomed appearances.
Unfortunately, the SC4 softball team isn’t off to the swiftest start.
The Skippers fell to 1-3 in conference play after losing a pair of games at Mott CC on Friday; 2-0 in the first game and 2-1 in the second.
“We’re not putting hits together,” said Head Coach Ron Matthews. “We’re getting them in different spots but not in a way that’s creating runs.”
An accurate illustration of Matthew’s point took place in the top of the third inning, when the Skippers stranded runners on first and second despite reaching the bags with no outs.
It simply seemed as if a timely hit couldn’t be bought.
Stacie Miller was a bright spot, however, recording two hits in the first game and adding another in the second.
Amanda Tackaberry produced a pair of singles on the day, one in each game, while Victoria Horn batted in the Skippers only run for the night in the second game.
Pitchers Jessica Beaubien and Jennifer McLelland each took a loss, allowing a total of nine hits and two earned runs in the contests.
Despite the early setback, the team is committed to remaining optimistic moving forward.
“We can’t let it get to us,” said freshman Kellie Diem. “We just have to put it behind us and go get the next one.”
The Skippers will look to redeem themselves when they host Macomb CC on Saturday, a double-header at Pine Grove Park.