SHS fails to get hits in softball loss to Grenada

A.P. Brooks takes her turn at the plate for Starkville against Grenada on Tuesday.

Staff Writer

Four hits was all the Starkville Lady Yellow Jackets could get against the Grenada Lady Chargers on Tuesday afternoon and that's not usually a formula for success.

Grenada came to Starkville and produced nine hits of its own and earned a 5-0 shutout at the Lady Jacket softball field.

"We didn't hit very well and that's been the story of this season so far," SHS softball coach Ronald Campbell said. "Hitting just hasn't come along yet. The defense is pretty good, but we haven't gotten into that habit where we can hit it consistently."

The Lady Chargers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but didn't score again until they put up two runs in the fourth inning.

In the meantime, the Lady Jackets got a walk and a single in the second inning, but left two runners on, then had a single in the third that was erased on a force out at second base.

"If we could just peck away and score a run in an inning, it would be good," Campbell said. "We just can't put back-to-back hits together. We got some hits and got some force outs at second base. You can't have things like that happen.

"If we could get back-to-back or three hits in a row, we'll be all right, but we would get a hit, then we'd get a force out or a fly ball or something like that and it just kind of kills the inning."

Grenada ended up putting the game away with a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Ally Barefield had two singles to lead SHS, while A.P. Brooks and Kimberlyn Livingston had one single each for the other two hits.

The Lady Jackets return home on Monday when they take on Louisville.