BAKER — Veteran Baker School softball Coach John Carlisle will be the first person to tell you four weeks does not a season make.
“We are nine games into it,” he said. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
“I still believe in this team. I believe in the girls that we have. I believe in the talent these girls have.”
Carlisle’s words came Friday after the Gators lost to Jay 7-0 in a District 3-1A game.
“We’ll finish it (the season) and get things right,” he said. “It’s necessarily what we are doing right now. Hopefully we will be peaking at tournament time.”
The Royals scored all the runs they would need in the second inning when Jay sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs on just two hits.
Jay’s rally was helped by three walks and a hit batter from Baker pitcher Allison Newell. Michaela Stewart and Sydney Lowery had the only two hits for the Royals.
Jay added two more runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth.
In the mean time the Gators (5-4, 2-3) had difficulty finding hits against Jay pitcher Chassity McCranie, who held Baker to three hits.
Baker leadoff batter Tori Foster flirted with a hit in the Gator half of the first inning.
Foster fouled off a half dozen pitches before finally popping out to right field.
Gator catcher Mykayla McCranie was hit by a pitch in the first inning, by Chassity McCranie for Baker’s on base runner of the inning.
Jenna Stevenson reached on a Royal error in the second inning.
Alexis Mitchem connected for the first Baker hit in the fourth inning.
Foster doubled to lead off the Gator sixth. Baker managed to load the bases as McCranie was safe on a Royal error and Holly Stanley reached on a fielder’s choice, but that’s as close as Baker came to scoring.
Ashley Black picked up Baker’s final hit in the seventh inning.
Newell went five innings in the pitcher circle for the Gators to take the loss. Mitchem worked the last two innings giving up an infield hit and a hit batter.
“In the losses we’ve had this season we’ve had one bad inning,” Carlisle said. “Once we get away from that one bad inning we will be fine.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.