The campaign to cut down costly errors is so far not bearing fruit for the Chewelah’s Lady Cougars. At Medical Lake last Friday, errors exceeded runs as the Cougars lost both games of a league doubleheader, 19-9 and 15- 5.
How do you swat 20 hits and score 14 runs, yet still end up losing both games of a league doubleheader? The reason for Chewelah was 15 defensive blunders. Those fielding and throwing boo-boos allowed the home-standing Cardinals too many times at bat, resulting in too many unearned runs.
“We had no consistency at Medical Lake,” said Coach Tom Skok. “In the first game, we’re down 9-0 after five innings and we score nine runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game up at 9-apiece. Then, we allowed them to score another 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat us, 19-9. There was just no consistency.
“We played the first five innings in near-hurricane force winds and rain, so we were walking batters and hitting others. The ball just went wherever the wind took it. But, that was only part of our problem.
“We just made far too many mental errors. There were just too many fundamental plays that we were unable to make at Medical Lake.”
The Lady Cougars trailed 9-0 after five innings in the first game. Then, suddenly, they exploded for nine runs of their own to tie the game at 9-9.
Atasha Edwards ignited the rally with a walk, followed by singles from Katelyn Garner and Hailey Carnline to load the bases. Megan Robinson batted in Edwards and Morgan Farrington’s single brought Garner home.
With the bases still loaded, Shylo Schneider doubled, scoring Carnline and Robertson. Shayla Hartill’s single then brought in Farrington, and Hannah Grimm’s sacrifice fly allowed Schneider to score.
Now behind by only two runs, Edwards and Garner came to bat for their second time in the inning. Edwards singled and Garner hit a double to bring home another two Chewelah runs to tie the score.
However, in the bottom of that sixth inning, the Lady Cougars gave up 10 runs on only four Medical Lake hits. It was Chewelah walks and errors that accounted for most of the Cardinal runs that cost them the ballgame, 19-9.
Garner led the Cougars at the plate with three hits in four trips to the plate. Schneider, Carnline, and Hartill each had two hits.
As in the first game, the Lady Cougars had only one productive inning in game number two. That was Chewelah’s fourth time at bat where they scored four of their five runs.
With Robertson and Schneider aboard, Farrington hit a double that batted in one run. Hartill batted in another. Then, a double off the bat of Mikaela Hopkins scored two more Cougar runs that narrowed the Medical lake lead to 10-5.
Chewelah’s other run came earlier. In the second inning, Robertson singled and scored on a double by Onna Maupin.
The two losses at Medical Lake dropped Chewelah into sixth place in the current league softball standings with a 2-6 record.
This week, the Lady Cougars host Freeman for a single game on Wednesday, starting at 4:00. Then, on Saturday, they travel to Newport for a doubleheader, beginning at 11:00.
ML 19, Chewelah 9
Cougars: 0 0 0 0 0 9 = 9 12 10
Cards: 4 0 2 1 2 10 = 19 11 5
Cougar pitching: Katelyn Garner and Mikaela Hopkins; Loss – Garner (2-5).
Cougar hitting: Katelyn Gardner 3, Hailey Carnline 2, Shylo Schneider 2, Shayla Hartill 2, Megan Robertson, Mikaela Hopkins, Atasha Edwards. 2B – Schneider, Garner. 3B – Garner.
ML 15, Chewelah 5
Cougars: 0 1 0 4 0 = 5 8 5
Cards: 0 4 10 0 1 = 15 12 4
Cougar pitching: Katelyn Garner and Mikaela Hopkins; Loss – Garner (2-6).
Cougar hitting: Onna Maupin 2, Megan Robertson 2, Mikaela Hopkins, Hannah Grimm, Hailey Carnline, Shayla Hartill. 2B – Maupin 2, Hopkins.
Lakeside 5 – 0
Riverside 4 – 2
Medical Lake 5 – 3
Freeman 2 – 2
Kettle Falls 4 – 4
Chewelah 2 – 6
Newport 1 – 6
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff