LOOGOOTEE — In the game of softball, a good offensive attack doesn’t always mean the number of hits you can record, but rather the patience you can show at the plate.
Loogootee used a big second inning to defeat Washington 16-6 in six innings due in part to the Hatchets’ inability to find the strike zone consistently in the early innings.
After the Hatchets left the bases loaded to end the top of the first, Loogootee capitalized on an inability to find the strike zone from Washington. In the bottom of the inning, the Lions scored three runs on zero hits thanks to three walks and two hit batters. The Lions scored on a hit by pitch and walk with the bases loaded and a wild pitch.
The Hatchets, however, didn’t hang their heads. Washington bounced back with three runs on three hits to tie the game in the top of the second. Leslie Fleetwood scored from third on a dropped third strike and White and Charity Graber provided RBI singles for the Hatchets.
In the bottom of the second, Lauren White struggled to find consistency in the strike zone. The first three Loogootee batters reached on a walk, and leadoff hitter Paige Walton scored on a wild pitch to give the Lions the 4-3 lead. The Lions had drawn six walks, but still hadn’t recorded a hit. Kelsy Seals turned that around in a hurry. Seals hit a three-run homer over the left field fence to give the Lions a 7-3 lead. After an Emma Graber walk, White was lifted for pitcher Ashley Elliott, who went the rest of the way.
“It was just one of those nights as a pitcher — mechanics — that’s one thing we keep telling our pitchers is keep an eye on your mechanics,” said Washington coach Bret Graber. “We have a lot of girls who have not thrown that many innings and that’s what we’re working on. As I told them, every night is like a classroom. I’m trying to teach them and our end result is when we take the final test in the sectional to see if we have improved any from the first game to the last game.”