The Lady Knights Softball Team improved to 3-0 after a 19-6 win at home on Tuesday, April 4 against Ashby. The game started out with a 10-0 lead for the Knights as they had every single player score in the first inning.
“It was great to see our girls smart in the box with their pitch selection,” commented WCA Head Coach Vanessa McNamara. “We are finally starting to learn what pitches we are looking for and what ones to let go. The girls are getting to be not only good batters, but smart batters as well. This is one of the many things I’m proud of them for.”
Offensively, the Knights continued their early game rally by scoring 6 in the second inning. On the defensive end, WCA struggled during that second inning. Starting the inning with 4 errors on 4 hits and 3 walked batters, Ashby had 5 in the books. “Finally, we tightened things up and finished the game with only one additional error,” said McNamara. “The girls learned a valuable lesson tonight, when we aren’t careful with the little things, the game can slip from us quickly. Fortunately, they earned themselves a 10 run lead, or that second inning could have turned the game around. In our first two games combined, we have had only two errors. To make 4 errors in a row on the first four batters in an inning was rough. I am proud they regained focus and moved forward.”
"We found ourselves in a hole early and did our best to dig out of it. Our girls showed a lot of heart but just made too many mental errors down the stretch and that proved to be the difference," stated Arrows head coach Chad Koep. "Our girls need to learn to come into games with a more focused approach. We are certainly young but also realize that lack of focus on fundamentals will always be costly at the varsity level."
The Arrows were led by Courtney Koefod who went 2-2 with 2 runs batted in and Josey Ness who knocked in a couple runs as well while going 1-3.
For the Knights, Brianna Kreft led the team going 3-4 with two doubles and a single. Kaitlyn Sanstead and Hailey Hansen also had a great night hitting with two singles and a double. Hailey Bennett also hit well with a double and a single.
Brianna Kreft started the game pitching for the Knights the first three innings, walking five, striking out five and allowing four hits. Hailey Bennett pitched the last two innings walking two and allowing two hits.
“Overall, we learned a lot about our team today,” added McNamara. “Each day we get better at some things and find areas where improvement is needed. What I admire about this team is the fact that we had only one full practice last week due to conferences and the school schedule and have 4 games this week and three next. We don’t have a full team practice for almost two weeks and our girls are able and willing to learn on the fly. We are taking a minutes before each game to teach new concepts and the girls are really open to this idea. They are such a great group of players to work with. They have definitely worked hard to earn their 3 wins thus far!”
Koep concluded, "We certainly took it on the chin today but look forward to hitting the practice field hard the next two days and continue to improve."
The Arrows face the B/E Chargers in a Pheasant conference match this Friday in Brandon.
The Knights will host Swanville at 5:0pm Thursday and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in a 5:00pm game Friday in Barrett.