WAPAKONETA – The Elida softball team started two freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors Monday against Wapakoneta.
They are obviously very young and, unfortunately, it showed in the Western Buckeye League encounter.
Wapakoneta run ruled the Bulldogs by an 11-1 margin, as Elida committed errors (five in the game), left runners on base (eight in the game), and maybe didn’t handle adversity too well.
Elida had two runners reach base in the top of the first on Wapakoneta errors before Redskins pitcher Renee Lovett struck out Arryanna Brown to end the threat.
“We played the first inning not so well but then played well the rest of the game,” Wapakoneta coach Bill Sammons said. “We need to start games better but we took a step today in the right direction.”
Wapakoneta (8-6, 2-1 WBL) would go on to score four runs in the bottom of the second to grab control of the game.
A walk to lead-off hitter Ashlie Cox was followed by a sacrifice bunt and a strike out before a single by Stacy Miller and a double error by the Bulldogs allowed the first Redskins run to score. Another error resulted in the second Redskins’ run and Carli Sammons plated two more runs with a two-out single to put Wapakoneta up 4-0.
Elida (5-5, 0-2 WBL) loaded the bases with no one out to start the top of the third, but Lovett settled down and allowed only one run when she hit Brown to drive in the only Bulldogs run of the game.
The Bulldogs would go on to leave eight runners on base in the game and were run ruled when Wapakoneta added a single run in the third followed by three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings.
The Redskins piled up three hits in both innings as the continued their offensive onslaught.
“We had the bases loaded with no outs and only scored one run,” Elida coach Mike Eilerman said. “We are trying to get over the hump; we are real young and sometimes get down on ourselves. We need to mature a little bit and just have to keep coming back at them.”
Sammons had a nice day at the plate as she totaled three hits and two runs batted in for the Redskins. Miller added two hits and two RBIs to the Wapakoneta offense.
“We put the ball in play more than they did,” Sammons said. “Renee (Lovett) kept them off the bases with her change-up and by hitting the corners with her pitches. It was nice to see the girls back each other up against an improved Elida team.”
Freshman Michaela Black pitched the first three innings for Elida and took the loss before Brown came in and pitched the final three innings in the game.