The Fort Calhoun softball team took some misguided swings Thursday night and fell at Douglas County West, 9-1.
“We let her rise ball get us,” coach Mandy Taylor said.
The Pioneers stepped toward the front of the batter's box and took their hacks before the Falcon pitcher's pitch broke, but it was too late. DC West scored four first-inning runs and three in the second before ultimately winning in five innings by run rule.
In defeat, Taylor still appreciated her FCHS squad's enthusiasm in Valley.
“The girls brought their energy back tonight, so that was good to see,” she said. “We still have a next level that we're striving for.”
The Pioneers scored their lone run during the top of the first inning. Kaylee Taylor, who hit two homers during the junior varsity game, hit short to reach base before Sam Brewer moved her along the bases. From there, an Addie Benoit swing scored her.
Anna Taylor, meanwhile, earned four strikeouts in the pitching circle as Fort Calhoun fell to 3-6 this season. Coach Taylor said the Pioneers had too many errors early, too.
“We've still got more room to grow,” she noted.