The Hillsboro varsity softball team just couldn’t get anything going Wednesday night in the third place game of the St. Louis Suburban Softball Showdown. Matched up against Parkway South, the Hawks managed just four hits and were shutout, 7-0, finishing in fourth place.
It’s certainly debatable, but many would say the fall softball season is the most grueling of all fall sports. Today is the 17th day of fall competition, and the Hawks have played 15 games. They are 10-5 after last night’s loss, and the grind of the schedule was certainly noticeable against Parkway South.
“I would say it was a case of being worn down so much that we just lost focus,” said head coach Kevin Lucas. “They were giving everything they had, but once things started to unravel, it was hard to stop it.”
Looking at the line score, it was evident what happened. The first two innings were scoreless. South got a run in the third, but the fourth inning was scoreless. But then the Patriots scored two in the fifth, two in the sixth, and two in the seventh. “I think we definitely ran out of gas last night,” Julz Johnson commented. “We made too many excuses, and again, we were not as focused as we should be. We plan on taking today to regroup and get our heads in the game.”
Ellie Bartlett got two hits including a double, and Amber Cage, along with Elly Eckrich, hit singles, but that was it for the Hawks. All of Hillsboro’s hits came with two outs, and the farthest a runner got last night was second base. Hillsboro went down 1-2-3 in four innings, and the first inning was the only time Hillsboro had two runners on base at the same time. It was just a tough night.
“If anything, it was a good eye opener that we have to really bare down and stay focused, or it will be tough to win games,” Lucas noted. “We will get a good day of rest and get refocused for Union on Friday.”
Eckrich went six innings in the circle, allowing five runs on five hits. She struck out six and walked three. Alex Wick finished up pitching the seventh inning.
The Hawks will try to take it easy today before traveling to Union tomorrow for a 4:00 p.m. contest against the Wildcats.