Starkville Academy catcher Karlie Lockhart prepares to make a throw during Thursday's game against Winston Academy. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The Starkville Academy fast pitch softball team have been plagued by errors all year.
It was no different Thursday when SA fell to Winston Academy 12-5 at Lady Volunteer Field. The junior varsity squad lost 10-5.
The Lady Volunteers are very young and only have one senior in pitcher Mary Austin Barber.
"(We're) just young," SA head coach Kayla Mosley said. "A lot of emotions. Make a little mistake and can't recover from it. That is something that they have a lot of work to do. When you have 7th graders playing in varsity games, you're going to make mistakes, but you've got to be able to come back from it. We don't do that very well. They beat themselves up over it. They feel like there's a lot of pressure. We have to learn to come back from an error."
Playing all these young girls is something Mosley hopes pays off in the long run.
"(SA softball has) got a bright future," Mosley said. "You give it another year or two and you don't make those same mistakes. You don't let it get you down the some way we do now. I'm really excited about the future. (When) you play girls that young, they're going to be good at some point, just from experience."
With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the fourth, the Lady Patriots scored nine runs to take a 12-3 lead.
"We weren't on our game," Mosley said. "(When you give up) nine runs in one inning and make a mistake, it's a snowball effect. All downhill from there."
The Lady Vols were able to get two runs in the bottom of the fourth but that was all they could get and the game was called due to the time limit.
Winston Academy got on the board with two runs in the top of the second. Starkville Academy answered right back with two runs highlighted by 8th grader Sarah Morgan Pellum's RBI single.
The Lady Vols added one more in the bottom of the second to take a 3-2 lead. The Lady Patriots got on in the top of the third.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Barber stepped to the plate. She launched the first pitch to center field, but the outfielder moved five steps to her right and hauled it in just short of the warning track.
"Bottom of the third, we have bases loaded," Mosley said. "Mary Austin hits a bomb and the center fielder made a great play. That's a momentum changer."
SA's Adrienne Futral had two singles and a walk. Lauren Ware had a single and walk and McClain Morgan had a single.
SA is back in action Monday when they travel to Columbus to take on Heritage Academy. Varsity is scheduled for 4 p.m. with junior varsity to follow at 5:30 p.m.
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