The Starkville High School Lady Yellowjackets may have taken a tough loss at home Tuesday night against the New Hope Lady Trojans, but they also saw signs of what they could become in the future.
Even though Starkville eventually dropped a 17-0 decision to New Hope at the SHS softball field, head coach Lisa Spencer saw some things that she liked from her team, especially offensively.
“We got some pretty decent hits," Spencer said. "Some of those that have not been hitting did hit some (Tuesday night), but we just couldn’t score."
The Lady Jackets managed to get passed the first inning unscathed against a much more experienced Lady Trojan team and went to the top half of the second inning scoreless.
However, New Hope was able to put three innings of offense together scoring 17 unanswered runs while SHS squandered scoring opportunities.
The Lady Jackets fell to 2-6 for the season.
Starkville does have a great deal to look forward to considering the team has six starting 8th graders and with each game, the Lady Jackets each gain valuable experience according to Spencer.
“We are going to take some bumps and bruises along the way, but I think in the end, we are going to be champions because I can see growth even though we are still young in the season," Spencer said. "I can see some improvement from the first game of the season and that’s our goal is to improve every game."
One of the SHS up and coming 8th graders in which Spencer heavily relies on is third baseman Tangela Doss.
Doss said that she believes in the team and as long as the Lady Jackets stick together, they can still turn things around.
“We’re a pretty good team, (but) we need to stick together, just play as a team and don’t let our attitudes get control of us," Doss said. "If we just keep hitting the ball, we’ll be doing good. Our defense is great. All we need to do is work on our hitting and play as a team.”
Starkville attempts to get on the winning track as it plays Calhoun City on Saturday at 11 a.m.