Twin Valley South’s softball team opened the season with a 9-8 win over Stivers, then dropped both games of a double-header to Preble Shawnee to close out the week.
In the win over the Tigers, South built a 7-2 lead in the 5th inning only to get a scare late as Stivers scored six times in their final two at-bats, including scoring four runs in the final inning.
Delaney Adams picked up the win for South, tossing all seven innings, striking out four and allowing just four hits.
Offensively, Lacey Emrick had a pair of triples and scored twice.
Jerica Taylor and Adams each had three hits. Alyssa Kube collected a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs.
On Saturday, South struggled in losses to Shawnee. The Arrows took game one 16-0, and claimed game two, 10-0.
“We had a tough day of being schooled by a very good Shawnee softball team. We didn’t hit the ball well, and we didn’t field the ball well either. Our pitchers struggled at times, but it’s discouraging when you finally get the batter to put the ball in play for a routine out, and we don’t field it cleanly or we throw the ball away,” South coach Darcy Robison said. “That kind of sums up both games, not to say that Shawnee didn’t have some great hits, they did. We just had too many missed opportunities to keep the scores a lot closer.”
Robinson said her team is young and she expects them to get better.
“Having only five experienced players back this year is tough. We’ve got some potential in some of our younger players, but they just haven’t played enough softball,” she said. “We have three on our roster that had never even seen a fastpitch softball game. So until we can get these kids some viable experience, we’re going to struggle. But having said that, we are going to get better, and we will be competitive with some teams before the season is over. The younger players have been very coachable and they’re eager to get better. Hopefully by mid-season, we’ll have seen a lot of improvement in our team.”
South (1-2) was scheduled to travel to Union County, Indiana on Monday, April 7 and host Bradford on Tuesday. They are to visit Franklin-Monroe on Thursday before hosting Mississinawa Valley on Friday.