The East Mills softball committed five errors leading to 11 unearned runs in a 16-5 loss to Sidney on Thursday.
The Wolverines (1-8) had 10 hits on offense but couldn't overcome their defensive miscues or the loss of their top hurler, Shelby Goodman, who was forced to leave the game heading into the top of the seventh with an undisclosed medical condition.
"We didn't play too bad. We actually played really well until we had to pull Shelby (Goodman) in the last inning," said East Mills coach Chuck Goodman. "After that we sort of went downhill."
Coach Goodman called on Jordan Jennings and Gabbi Sowers in the seventh but neither had much luck containing the Cowgirls' hitters who responded with nine runs in the inning to put the game away.
Amy Walker, Sowers and Jennings each had two hits for East Mills. Sowers smacked two doubles and drove in a run.
Goodman took the loss after allowing five earned runs and nine hits while striking out nine.
East Mills had five errors in the game, most coming in the decisive seventh inning, said Goodman.
"They were pretty much concentration errors," said Goodman. "Some were throwing and some were fielding but they all seemed to lead to runs."
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In a self-described "lousy hitting" performance by coach Chuck Goodman the East Mills softball team was held to three hits in a 15-1 Corner Conference loss to Farragut last Tuesday.
"We're just not hitting good right now. We've been trying to work on it but we're just not hitting," said Goodman, adding his team never seemed to make solid contact and had too many 1-2-3 innings.
Jordan Jennings had two hits and Gillian Anderson one for the Wolverines.
Shelby Goodman pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs and four hits while striking out six in the loss.
Nine of the Admirals 15 runs came via four East Mills errors.
Goodman said his team's hitting woes (three hits) and fielding problems (four errors) are just a few signs his young team is still growing.
"We feel like we're getting better (as the season goes) and we play well early in games but when we make an error it seems like we get down on ourselves and we lose concentration and fall apart a little," Goodman said.