Wildcats still looking for win
The Wildcat softball team dropped its ninth straight doubleheader of the season Tuesday night, this time losing to Bishop Miege 5-1, 10-0.
In the opener, things looked promising for the Wildcats early. De Soto tied things up at 1-1 in the second inning when junior Kala Glass doubled to center field, scoring Jara Mori who had reached on a single. The double was part of a great day for Glass and De Soto Coach Glenda Williams attributed the success to the junior's extra work.
"Kala had three hits for us; she had a great game," Williams said. "The night before, she and her dad went into their basement and worked for a couple of hours on their hitting machine and I think that really helped her out. It was the first game that she really got her hitting going so that was nice to see."
As has been typical of the team all season long, the Wildcats fought hard against Miege but lapsed in one inning and could never recover. In game one, that inning was the fourth.
Tied at 1-1 for most of the game, the young Wildcats kept the Miege bats relatively quiet through three innings. In the fourth, however, two errors left the door cracked and Miege burst through. Fueled by the opportunity handed it, Miege plated four runs in the fourth, dealing the Wildcats a blow from which they could not recover.
"In the first game, we held on pretty good and then blew it at the end," senior second baseman Amber O'Connor said. "I think the fatigue of holding them and holding them and holding them just got to us and then we made one error and couldn't come back."
Williams agreed with O'Connor's assessment of the game and added that it was a lot closer than the 5-1 score indicated.
"Going by the score, it should have been 2-1 because of those three unearned runs," Williams said. "They're just mental errors."
For De Soto, freshman Emily Baker started game one and pitched seven strong innings but received the loss.
Game two on Tuesday was more of a carryover from game one than anything else.
Deflated by the 5-1 loss the Wildcats came out flat and fell 10-0 in a shortened six-inning game.
Glass started on the mound for De Soto in game two and lasted 5 innings before giving way to Baker for the final inning.
The Wildcats only managed a couple of baserunners in the nightcap and Williams said her players' heads just weren't entirely into the second game.
"In the second game we just didn't come back mentally right away," Williams said. "The chemistry just wasn't there, the bats went cold, and our mental state was down."
De Soto, now 0-18 overall, will wrap up regular season play this afternoon with two games against Bonner Springs at Edwardsville. The final double-header of the season gives the Wildcats one more chance to get a win before heading into the single elimination regional tournament next Monday.
Tonight's double dip is slated to begin at 4 p.m.