The Lady Jackets of Trousdale County opened their 2020 softball season with a home game against Pope John Paull II, however they fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 6-0 loss on Monday. Pope John Paul II took the lead on a single in the first inning. The score stayed the same at 1-0 for 5 more innings in a close game. Coach Blake Satterfield stated, “I was very pleased with our defense up until the last two innings of the ballgame. Early in the season we all know that putting the bat on the ball is difficult due to the lack of seeing live action in the off-season, but making 3 errors in a game is tough to overcome when the offense in struggling.”
The Lady Jackets struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Pope John Paul II, giving up six runs. Five of the six runs game in the last two innings of the ballgame, where the Lady Jackets made 3 big errors to relinquish a four run 6th inning.
A single by Makayla Crook in the seventh inning was a positive for Lady Jackets. It was the only hit of the night for the Lady Jackets. Coach Satterfield continued by saying, “Anytime you have 13 strikeouts at the plate doesn’t correlate to a successful night. We must have more productive plate appearances and put the ball in play to put stress on the opponent’s defense.”
Alivia Boykin was in the pitcher’s circle for Lady Jackets. She allowed seven hits and five runs over six innings, striking out six and walking zero. Hannah Hailey threw one inning in relief. Hailey struck out one, allowed one hit, and gave up one run.
Crook went 1-for-3 at the plate to lead Lady Jackets in hits. “We must have our older girls step up and be productive for us to have the season in which I expect these ladies to have in 2020. Ruthie Mink made her first ever start as a Lady Jacket Monday night and I thought she did a magnificent job. I am excited about the young talent we have on this team” stated Coach Satterfield.
Pope John Paul II racked up eight hits in the game. Pope John Paul II didn’t commit a single error in the field.