Lady Jackets fall in softball opener

Makenzie Parrish prepares to toss the softball for Starkville High School.

Staff Writer

Coach Ronald Campbell knows he has the type of team at Starkville High School capable of hitting the softball.

It just did not happen on Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Yellow Jackets only had three total hits and suffered a 6-0 shutout against the visiting Kosciusko Lady Whippets.

"We could not put multiple hits together and didn't hit it like I thought we were capable," Campbell said. "Each inning they just kept adding a run and we kept not getting a run. At the end of the day in slow pitch softball, it's all about scoring runs. You've got to have multiple hits and average two or three runs an inning to be successful."

Kosciusko jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but SHS did not allow another run until the fifth frame.

The Lady Jackets stayed in striking distance of the Lady Whippets. They just could never generate enough offense to rally.

Anna Brooks and Brianne Locke had back-to-back singles with two outs for SHS in the fourth, but were left stranded.

With two outs in the seventh, Locke had another single. She was retired at second base on a fielder's choice to end the game.

Kosciusko scored two runs in the fifth, two more in the fifth and added one more in the seventh.

The Lady Jackets will get another chance at the Lady Whippets in Kosciusko on Monday in a makeup game, then are scheduled to host Columbus Tuesday, so Campbell knows there will be chances for his team to improve.

"All we can do is just keep working on it and try to get better at it as the season goes by," Campbell said. "Some of these kids have never played slow pitch before and it's kind of different for them."