Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2001

Wildcat softball team looking for first win

April 19, 2001

Despite four losses in the past week by the De Soto softball team, Coach Glenda Williams said things are not as bad as they seem for the Lady Wildcats.

"We're actually starting to pull together," she said. "The girls are getting used to playing together as a team."

The Wildcats lost two games at home to Lansing on Tuesday, 12-1 and 11-1. They returned to their home field Thursday night, dropping two to Tonganoxie, 9-1 and 6-2.

"We played better against Tonganoxie," she said. "The girls played better defensively. They had two bad innings in each game, which basically lost the games for us. We just have to work on being more consistent."

Williams was particularly pleased with the offensive efforts of Jara Mori and Krisit Hoschouer. Both batted in a run.

The young Wildcat pitching staff is also showing signs of improvement, she said.

"Our pitching is getting better. We've got some young pitchers who are still getting used to new catchers," she said.

Emily Baker took the mound in the first game. Williams said the freshman performed well, but still has room for improvement.

It's going to take a while for her to get used to being on the mound," she said.

Baker was relieved by junior Kayla Glass, who closed out the last two innings of the game.

"Kayla has shown great leadership. She finished up the first game and went on to pitch most of the second game," the coach said.

Freshman Allie Heinen got some valuable experience, pitching the final two innings of the game.

The Wildcats will face Piper on Monday and Mill Valley on Thursday. Both games will be at the JCGAA softball complex.

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