Struggles continue for softball
It was a rough day for SMC softball this past Thursday as the Corsairs were shut out in back to back games against the Glendale Vaqueros 11-0 and 8-0 and were held to just 3 hits the whole afternoon.
The first game of the two-game set was called early due to the 8 run rule, which states that if the opposing team is scoreless going into the 5th inning then the game automatically ends.
Defensively the Corsairs looked unfocused making several errors early in the game, which the Vaqueros were able to take advantage of.
The Vaqueros, led by Brandy Morin, Samantha Dickens, and Carly Zabka, jumped out to a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the 2nd inning and for the for the next 3 innings the Corsairs failed to produce any runs ending the game with only one hit. The Vaqueros added 6 more runs to end the game early 11-0.
"We were just intimidated," said Corsair Catcher Samantha Bozek.
Bozek felt that their lack of motivation stemmed from the last time the two teams met in which the Vaqueros beat the Corsairs.
The offensive struggles continued for the Corsairs in the second game as they were shutout again losing 8-0 in 5 innings. The Corsairs came out strong in the first two innings to start the game but in the top of the 3rd the Vaqueros put 4 runs on the board. However, they still failed to produce any offense only recording 2 hits.
"We played a little better defense," said Coach Wilson after her team's loss.
The Corsairs continued to make routine mistakes and seemed to unravel crippling their chances to make a comeback as they allowed the Vaqueros to score 4 runs in the 4th inning to seal the game.
"We didn't play to our full potential at all," said 1st baseman Shayanne King. "I'm surprised cause we are actually a hitting team."
With first year coach Char Wilson the team is still trying to hit their stride as the season progresses.
Although the Corsairs are struggling this year the team has improved from last years winless season with 4 wins thus far.
The Corsairs will have a chance to get out of their funk and break their losing streak against Citrus on Tuesday, March 29th at Clover Park at 2:30 p.m.