Following an 0-4 week, the Schuyler Central High School softball team is still seeking its first victory of the season.
Schuyler, now 0-6 to start the season, fell 10-0 in four innings Aug. 21 at David City Aquinas and lost 16-0 in four innings the following day while hosting David City/East Butler.
The Warriors competed in a triangular Aug. 24 in Albion, losing 10-0 to Boone Central/Newman Grove and 19-3 to Polk County. Both contests lasted just four innings.
Against Aquinas, the Monarchs scored four runs in the first inning and five more in the second to put the game out of reach early. They scored another run in the bottom of the fourth inning to close out the mercy-rule victory.
Aquinas outhit the Lady Warriors 9-2. Nicollette Harding and Bethany Black had Schuyler’s hits.
“We only had three strikeouts tonight, so the ladies were putting the bat on the ball. It was just going right at the defense,” Schuyler head coach Clarissa Dunn said. “We had one batter get hit by a pitch and another walked, but we couldn’t get anyone across home plate.”
Jaiden Inselman started on the mound for Schuyler and took the loss.
“Jaiden has been doing a great job keeping the ball in the strike zone and, for the most part, our team has been doing a good job of making the plays they can. Our defense definitely made some great plays behind Jaiden tonight, but we need to make more plays that could have gotten us out innings quicker,” Dunn said. “It’s something we know will happen eventually due to our inexperience. We made four errors on the day and those came from being too timid at times.”
David City/East Butler exploded for eight runs in the top of the fourth inning Aug. 22 en route to a 16-0 win over the Lady Warriors.
Schuyler’s defense did sparkle in the third inning as groundouts fielded by infielders Mia Wallingford and Carly Johnson helped the Lady Warriors to a 1-2-3 inning behind Inselman.
“Jaiden did not pitch a bad game. She kept the ball in the strike zone, only walking a few and ending up with four strikeouts,” Dunn said.
Offensively, Johnson hit a laser to the outfield fence for a double, but the rest of the Lady Warrior bats remained silent. Jaiden Sock and Leslie DeArcos were able to reach base on walks as Schuyler had three base runners in the game.
“We were still unable to score any runs. Our weakness against David City was watching third strikes and swinging at bad pitches,” Dunn said.
The Lady Warriors host Fairbury on Thursday before traveling to Wisner-Pilger on Tuesday.
“The ladies are definitely working hard this season and every little goal and milestone counts. Each game is a little better than last year and we hope it continues to get better as the season continues,” Dunn said. “For these first few games we have only had two upperclassmen playing while all the rest are all freshmen and sophomores. As long as the girls stay with it and keep striving to do better, they will continue on an upward curve and I’m excited about that.”