J.V. Softball · JV Softball Comes Up Short Against Hesperia

The Lady Eagles played two close games against the visiting Hesperia team Tuesday evening, coming up short in both. Losing game one 13-12 and losing game two 11-7. We trailed early 8-2 and then 9-5 trying to hang with a hard hitting team. We played hard and kept hitting, sliding, and scoring runs, taking the lead in the sixth 12-8. Hesperia kept coming at us. There were no easy outs with this team. They hit the ball hard. We made a couple of errors in the top of the seventh, they got a couple of good hits and when the dust settled we were down 13-12, allowing six runs in that inning. We still had our last at bat in the bottom of the seventh. We could not get anything going however with the next two batters striking out and the third grounding out to end the game. Makenah Ellicott pitched game one for us and did a great job throwing strikes and fielding her position.
Game two we started Lauren Schnicke in the circle, who turned her ankle warming up for game one. She sat with ice on it for game one. She taped it up at the end of game and started warming up for game two. She came over to me and said I am ready, I can go. This team is resilient and tough. We did not help her out defensively. We had a team, Hesperia who was cheering loudly (you had to be there to get the full effect) the whole game when they were in their dugout. It was unsettling and I believe it affected our defense. We talked about it a couple of times the first game, we talked about it the second game but we still were on edge. We need to do a better job of keeping our composure during these situations. This was a stressful night where there was action on the bases and on the field. Hesperia was just a little better then we were on this night. Our motto is have fun, play as a team and get better every day. We did not have a lot of fun, we did not play as a team for both complete games but I think we learned a ton about ourselves and the effort was there so we did get better. I’ll close in saying both games were intense. It would have been easy to forget to play the right way, to stay positive even if the other team is not. Our girls for the most part were great sports and showed great sportsmanship. How you play the game is more important than winning the game. We may have two more L’s in the win loss column but in the game of life your young ladies are winners for how they acted on our field.