By Gregg A. Sims
Washington Times Herald
Coaches never like to lose a game. North Daviess softball coach Jodi Berry is among that list.
But Berry wasn't that upset after her team suffered its first loss of the season at home Thursday against Class 4A Bedford North Lawrence.
The visiting Stars entered the game undefeated as well following six outings, and got all the runs they would need for a 3-2 win in the opening inning.
North Daviess put together a two-run second inning and left six runners on base in seven innings, but fell to 2-1 for the season.
"I'd druther lose - I would druther win - but I'd lose a one-run game early in he season," Berry said. "Overall, not too unhappy. Some of our inexperience showed." The Stars scored their three runs against North Daviess starter Tailon Graber in the first on three hits and an error when firstbaseman Lora Kutch had trouble on handling a groundball near the first baseline.
The bases were loaded with one out when Karissa Salm bit a bouncer that hugged the line. Kutch knocked the ball down, but it escaped her and two runners crossed the plate on the miscue.
Emily Weber then drove home what proved to be the winning run with a single.
"We really weren't mentally ready to play in that first innings," Berry said.
"You know BNL is always going to come out swinging because they have good hitters. They have quality. They put the stick on the ball and we had an inopportune time. We left six runners on base, and that hurts, but we'll live on learn." North Daviess then scored twice in the second as Morgan Wadsworth tripled home Jessica Miller. Alexis Reed then doubled to bring home Wadsworth with two out, but the Cougars couldn¹t Reed across the plate.
Wadsworth relieved Graber to start the second inning and allowed no runs on two hits the rest of the game. Berry said she made the change to give Bedford a different look.
"I don't think Tailon had an off night," Berry said. "They (Bedford) were putting the stick on the ball and the defense let us down a bit. Sometimes you make a change to just mix things up. We decided to switch it up to see if a different look would help. Morgan pitched a really good game, Morgan and Tailon work well together as a team." The Cougars had runners on base in every inning except the seventh when Bedford pitcher MaKenzie Silvers retired the side in order.
While North Daviess couldn¹t get the runners home, Berry was still pleased with the second-inning rally. North Daviess outhit the Stars, 6-5.
"In the second inning, we got our two runs with two outs," Berry said. We could have buried our heads and said we were done after giving up three runs in the first inning and going three up and three down. They didn't. They came out fighting in the second and we threatened every inning after." The Cougars are scheduled to host Bloomfield in a Southwestern Indiana Conference game this afternoon.
"Morgan Wadsworth pitched an excellent game," Berry said. "I was really pretty pleased. One error is not a bad game. I was pleased. We had a triple and double. We had some highlights. We'll play Bloomfield and go from there."
Bedford 300 000 0 - 3 5 1
North Daviess 020 000 0 - 2 6 1
MaKenzie Silvers and Justice Kline. Tailon Graber, Morgan Wadsworth (2) and Cassie Knepp. W-Silvers. L-Graber. 3B: ND, Wadsworth. 2B: ND, Alexis Reed.