The Community R-VI Lady Trojans softball team lost a heartbreaker last Thursday when they traveled to Elsberry and left with a 4-0 loss to the Lady Indians.
“We could not get the ball to go through last night,” said Community R-VI head coach Brandon Talbot. “We didn’t strike out very much but the Elsberry defense played really well.”
Elsberry scored all four of their runs in their first at-bat and never looked back as they also took advantage of three Lady Trojans’ errors.
Deann Brooks, Amber Harrison, and Danie Jackson each had two hits while Taren Clark and Sirrina Dunn each had one hit in the loss.
Jackson also picked up the loss on the mound after tossing six innings and allowing four earned runs with three strikeouts.
“Danie Jackson threw a good game and gave us a good chance to win only giving up four runs but our offense did not produce like we usually do,” Talbot noted.
Two days earlier, the Lady Trojans fell to Clopton at home, 13-6, as their rally from an 11-0 deficit fell short.
Maddee Gastler had three RBIs, Harrison had two RBIs, Brooks tallied one RBI and on run scored, while Alissa Curtis, Sadie Hoyt, Dunn, Clark, and Bowers each scored one run.
Jackson picked up the loss after allowing eight earned runs in seven innings with one strikeout.
“We had a rough first two innings then we settled down and played but had already dug ourselves too big of a hole,” Talbot said. “We hit the ball well and scored enough runs to get a win, but we have to do a better job on defense in the first couple of innings. We need to focus as a team on the first two innings and building a lead. We need to learn how to play with a lead. I’m proud the way my team ended the game last night. No one laid down, bench was up-beat and noisy, and we battled to the last out. We have made improvements over the last couple of games, which gives us hope as coaches.”