Deer Isle—The girls softball team lost a wild game to Sumner 17-16 on May 4. We were down 7-3 early, got a couple runs back before Sumner went ahead 11-5. We hit our way back to tie them and take a 15-11 lead after 5 innings. Sumner tied it up in the sixth inning and then went ahead 17-15 in the top of the seventh.
Logan Eaton led off the seventh with a triple, Morgan Shepard drove her in, and then after an out and a hit, we had runners on second and third. Orly Vaughan drove a line drive that was right to the shortstop for the second out. As our luck would have it, if it was a foot either side, it would have won the ball game.
What hurt us the most was 10 errors. This is not characteristic for this team, and I expect this will not continue. We had a good day at the plate with Morgan Shepard hitting three singles and a double for four RBIs, Logan Eaton three singles, a triple and an RBI, Allyson Eaton a double, single and an RBI, Ashley Haskell two singles and two RBIs, and Natalie Knowlton, Orly Vaughan and Holli Boyce each with two singles and an RBI.
The girls lost their opener to Schenck 14-7 on April 25. We hit the ball well, but we walked too many batters. Morgan Shepard started the game and just couldn’t find the plate, giving up eight walks. After we started off with two runs in the first, Schenck scored seven runs in the bottom of the first. Natalie Shepard came in to pitch in the second inning and did a good job except for control problems in the fourth where Schenck scored five more runs.
That set us in a hole we couldn’t climb out of. It was cold and windy but we did manage to find our offense. Morgan Shepard had a single and a double with three RBIs, Allyson Eaton had a single and a double, Logan Eaton and Natalie Knowlton each had two singles with an RBI, and Ashley Haskell had two singles.
The girls are 0-2 but are just figuring out how to work together. Natalie Knowlton is getting used to being the starting pitcher and did well against Sumner. Reducing the walks is critical and then the defense needs to back her up. I expect to see quick improvement with these girls.