Raiders take run-rule loss

Photo by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Southridge junior Emma Marley (13) goes for a single in the bottom of the third. However, the Raiders dropped a 14-0 loss to Bedford North Lawrence on Monday.

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Southridge could not get much of anything going on the softball field on Monday.

The Raiders (0-1) didn’t start off their season the way they wanted to when they dropped a 14-0 run-rule loss to Bedford North Lawrence. Struggles proved to be plenty for Southridge, be it at the plate or four errors in the field, and the Stars capitalized on their mistakes.

“Against good teams, you just can’t give them extra outs,” Southridge coach Jason Songer said. “We weren’t aggressive at the plate. And we’ll learn from it — first game of the season, I think we had some jitters. We’ll learn from this game — it’s a good team.”

The first inning proved to be no trouble for Southridge, with junior pitcher Maddy Songer working around a two-out single, though she couldn’t get any run support.

However, the second inning proved to be a different story. The Stars batted around — putting the ball in play and scoring on some Raider errors. They chased Maddy before the end of the top of the second, and her day in the circle was done, giving her the loss. Sophomore Emily Ferguson came in to relieve her.

Southridge’s best offensive opportunity came in the bottom of the third inning, when junior Myah Montgomery led off with a single, and became Southridge’s first base runner of the day. The Raiders loaded the bases with no outs after a single from junior Emma Marley, and fellow junior Kylie Evans bunted and safely reached first on a fielder’s choice.

Yet, the Raiders could not bring anybody home, as sophomore pitcher Annie Waggoner of the Stars retired the top of the order of senior Maddie Songer, Ferguson and senior Kennedy Nalley all in succession.

“We were wanted our one, two and three hitters to make contact, put the ball in play, maybe spray the ball to the opposite side of the field so we can get some runs in, but we weren’t very sure of ourselves at the plate today, and it showed,” Jason said.

Bedford North Lawrence chased Ferguson in the top of the fourth. Senior Sarah Stone belted a solo shot, and later in the inning, junior Carsyn Alvey went deep for a two-run homer to make it 12-0. Montgomery took over in the circle, and while she didn’t allow anything in the fourth, she couldn’t quite escape top of the fifth without allowing a couple of runs. A two-run double from senior Haley Deckard brought the game to its final score.

“I really don’t think our pitchers did as bad as what the score showed,” Jason said. “I think Bedford North Lawrence had some big, timely hits with runners on base after we made some errors, and that put up some runs for them.”

Southridge will be back at it again Tuesday at home against Springs Valley.

Jason is confident the Raiders will get better with their gloves, and he wants them to spend their work by doing tee work and emphasize striking the ball in the cage.

“Back in 2019, we took some double-digit losses and ended up winning the sectional. So, I really believe the girls are going to be okay,” he said.




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