Macon County Tigerettes Softball team faced off with Friendship Christian team on Monday, April 16th. The Tigerettes played a hard-fought game, but just could not connect with the ball to drive in enough runs to beat Friendship.
The final score was Friendship 4, Tigerettes 1.
The Tigerettes’ loss last night was due to “missed opportunities”, according to Coach Braswell. Friendship only had two more hits than the Tigerettes but their hits came at the right times. In the 1st inning, Clara Howser led off with a double. Rebecca Ballou, bunted her to 3rd, but the Tigerettes could not get a hit to score her. In the 4th inning, Howser was in scoring position after a two out double and the Tigerettes failed once again to score her.
In the 5th inning, there were no outs, and the Tigerettes loaded the bases with the core hitters of their batting order coming up. The Tigerettes 3rd, 4th and 5th batters all hit pop-ups which were caught by Friendship and ended the enning. Coach Braswell believes that this was a huge missed opportunity and probably the turning point of the game. According to the game stats, over a third of the Tigerettes plate appearances ended in pop-up flies.
Coach Braswell states that the Tigerettes must do a better job of hitting hard ground balls and drives in order to win. She adds that in defensive mode the Tigerettes played very well. The Tigerettes had only one error, and Chelsea Carter (#4) pitched a good game.
“Friendship Christian is a well-coached, good hitting team and the Tigerettes accomplished a feat in and of itself by holding them to only four runs” says Coach Braswell.
Coach Braswell stated, “I am proud of the heart my girls played with defensively. We just have to be more focused and disciplined at the plate. We have to learn to put our offensive and defensive games together at the same time. When that happens, we will score more than one run and be a tough team to compete with!”
The Tigerettes next game is April 17th at Greenbrier.