By Barry Dalton
The Lady Indians, ranked No. 44 in the state, began the season strong with a no-hitter against Louisiana, winning 12-0, but began a grueling stretch after that.
The team played six games in six days coming off of a long break with only having one in-person practice at the end of the week. The Indians saw North Callaway on Monday, Sept. 14, took on Elsberry Tuesday, Sept. 15, fell to Mark Twain Thursday, Sept. 17, and then fought through a three game tournament at North Shelby on Saturday, Sept. 19.
“We didn’t play the best throughout the week, but after some changes and work at practice we were able to battle back at the North Shelby tournament and get consolation [5th place],” Coach Kelly Borchert said.
At the North Shelby tournament, the Indians started off with a loss to Clopton, 4-7, but then picked up two wins against Linn County, 9-6, and Marion Country, 6-5.
“We are young and still learning the game,” Borchert said. “We need to improve on being more aggressive at the plate, understanding the game and making routine plays every game.”
Borchert said that the girls have the potential to finish the season strong and have been working hard to improve. This week the team plays at Montgomery County on Wednesday, Sept. 22, versus Bowling Green on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Silex on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and versus Community R-6 on Thursday, Oct. 1.
“We work well as a team and with some more repetition I believe we will do the things we need to do to be very successful,” she said. “We take every game one inning at a time. We know we will have to play solid defense and be aggressive at the plate the entire week.”