Jeeps unable to rally, drop third straightApril 20, 2018
By HENDRIX MAGLEY
DUBOIS — Anybody have a spare rally cap the Northeast Dubois softball team can borrow?
In their last three games, the Jeeps were within striking distance of taking control of the game with runners in scoring position in several key, late innings, but couldn’t quite find the one play to get the rally going.
“We just haven’t been able to find the one hit that will bust an inning wide open for us and really that’s all we’ve been needing,” senior Clare Mangin said following the Jeeps’ 5-2 loss to Lanesville Thursday night in Dubois, which marked their third-straight loss after a six-game winning streak. “We’ve scored two runs in our last 21 innings and that makes it pretty difficult to win,” Mangin added. “We just have to keep searching and see if we can find the right order, find the right person who will step up and make that hit and do it for the team.”
The Jeeps (7-4) fell behind 3-0 after the third inning but had a few chances the next few innings to potentially put together some big spots.
In the fourth inning, Camryn Stemle and Mangin both reached base as the first two batters of the inning to put runners on first and second with nobody out. After the next two batters were ousted via a strikeout and flyout, Elizabeth Kunz hit an RBI single to bring home Stemle but Mangin was left stranded as a strikeout concluded the inning.
Still trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Becca Brosmer reached first base with a single with one out and Brooklyn Dodd quickly followed with a single of her own to put runners on first and second with just one out. However, only one run came home as the inning ended on a controversial interference call that saw Dodd tagged out at third base, but Brosmer was able to score before the tag which put the Jeeps on the board before the end of the inning.
“We’re not getting timely hitting right now,” Jeep head coach Dion Terwiske said. “Here and there, we’re able to string together a few hits but no rallies. We’re just not putting anything together.”
Trailing just 3-2 entering the top of the sixth, the Jeeps were still within striking distance of a potential come-from-behind victory. However, two big doubles for the Eagles (6-1) from Danielle Haire and Jessica Smith and another run later in the inning moved Lanesville’s lead to 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
In the final two innings, the Jeeps got just one runner on base as they weren’t able to see any late game magic, which they’ve been lacking their past couple of outings.
“We’re in a slump as a team and the energy going around is kind of up and down right now,” Mangin said. “There’s some good moments but there’s been some not so good moments as well and we just have to find something to latch on to. The good thing about this is that we have a lot of time to make up for it before tournament time so that’s what we have to do.”
The Jeeps lost their first conference game of the season — they recorded one hit in the game — against Barr-Reeve on Tuesday in a 2-0 loss. They then lost to Tecumseh 5-0 on Wednesday as the offense once again struggled to come alive — the Jeeps came away with three hits.
While it is just the midpoint of the season and there is still plenty of time to bounce back, Terwiske is a little nervous that the Jeeps are showing signs of regression instead of progression.
“We’re 11 games into the season now, which means you shouldn’t be going backwards,” Terwiske said. “It seems like we’re taking a step back and we just need to go forward, that’s all there is to it. It’s not rocket science by any means, its just get up there and get down and dirty on plays and be tough in the batter’s box. It’s just a mental thing, it’s not a physical thing.”
What are some of the mental mistakes he wants to see corrected?
“We got on (the team) tonight about how nobody was saying anything in the outfield,” Terwiske said. “A ball was hit out there and everybody was just standing around watching it, no one said anything. It’s like they’re not all there together right now. We have to have a little more will and get tough, we’re just kind of lying down right now and it’s not a good time to do that.”
But with a six-game winning streak already this season, the Jeeps know they have the talent and skill level to complete with the best teams in the area as they’ve already shown in wins against powerhouses like Tell City and county rival Jasper.
The key now is simply getting back to basics.
“I think we’re just over complicating things at the plate way too much,” Mangin said. “I think we need to take it back to when we were 7 years old and we were swinging at good pitches and not swinging at bad ones and really, that’s all you have to do. Once game time comes, you just have to let everything go and do what you know.”
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