The young Schuyler Central High School softball team had plenty of opportunities to gain valuable experience as they played seven games during the past week.
On Sept. 11, the Lady Warriors traveled to West Point for a triangular against West Point-Beemer and Wayne. Schuyler fell 12-0 to the host school and 16-1 against Wayne.
The loss to West Point-Beemer was disappointing for the Lady Warriors as Schuyler defeated the Cadets for their only win during the 2016 season.
“This time the girls didn’t come out with enough fire to pull off the win,” Schuyler head coach Clarissa Dunn said. “The worst part is that they were able to score seven runs in the first inning against us. Any time a team is able to score multiple runs in the first inning against us, I feel like it puts our team already in a slump.”
SCHS starting pitcher Jaiden Inselman surrendered eight hits and two walks and hit three batters.
Schuyler was limited to a pair of base runners as Bethany Black recorded a single and Leslie DeArcos reached on a walk. The Lady Warriors struck out four times.
“I try to get the girls to remember that it’s better to battle and get the ball put in play rather than watching strikes or not staying focused at the plate,” Dunn said.
The Lady Warriors were no-hit against Wayne, but scored a run when Janet Millan crossed home plate. Another five Schuyler batters reached base on walks, but Dunn was concerned that more runners didn’t advance.
“We definitely need to work on base running, taking extra bases when we can and knowing what to do in different situations,” she said. “We got caught off guard twice because we weren’t hustling the way we should have been.”
Jaiden Sock started on the mound for Schuyler. She had not seen extensive action on the mound, but Dunn wanted to give her some pitching experience.
“She has not been pitching long, so when she lost her control on the mound we switched back to Jaiden Inselman. Sock only had about 10 minutes to warm up, so I felt bad that she got disappointed about being pulled so early. We are definitely going to be working with her more on pitching so that she can help us in the future,” Dunn said.
The Lady Warriors hosted a triangular Sept. 14 against conference foes York and Lakeview.
York took the opener 13-0 then Lakeview topped Schuyler 16-1.
York’s Karlee Seevers tossed a perfect game over three innings against Schuyler, retiring all nine batters she faced and striking out the first seven.
Sock surrendered nine runs in the first inning. York only had two hits in the inning, but Sock walked seven batters and hit four others in two-thirds of an inning of work.
York tacked on four more runs in the top of the second inning when Lauren Riley blasted a grand slam off Inselman.
The Lady Warriors were their own worst enemy against Lakeview, committing seven errors in the loss.
Inselman started the game on the mound for Schuyler. She walked two batters and hit two others. Combined with the seven errors and several timely hits, the Vikings had little trouble putting runs on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the first inning Sock blasted a ball over the left-field fence for what appeared to be a home run, but Lakeview’s coach appealed that Sock didn’t touch second while rounding the bases. The umpire granted the appeal and Sock was called out.
“I feel like that appeal took away a little bit of our momentum in the first inning,” Dunn said.
After being no-hit in their previous two games, the Lady Warriors had three hits against Lakeview. Nicollette Harding and Alexis Wilch both recorded singles and Wendy Gomez smacked a double. Wilch scored the team’s run on a passed ball.
“This game was a letdown because this is definitely a team that we can play with,” Dunn said of the loss to Lakeview. “We as a team need to figure out a way to stay motivated and be ready each day to come out and win. We need to find a way to stay focused on the game, even if we may not touch the ball every play.”
The week wrapped up Saturday when the Lady Warriors competed in a tournament in David City.
SCHS fell 11-0 to Twin River, 12-4 against Polk County and 13-1 to Guardian Angels Central Catholic during the tournament.
Schuyler plays Saturday in the Central City Invite and Monday at a triangular hosted by Yutan/Mead before hosting Seward on Tuesday.