The Lady Tigers sustained their first two region losses Saturday, falling 16-3 and 9-1 at Jenkins High School in Savannah.
However, Tiger coach Sharyl Eastlake said she still has confidence in her squad, despite their seemingly temporary lack of confidence in themselves on the road."We just seemed to be asleep," Eastlake said of her defense against the Lady Warriors. "The balls were hit and if it didn’t come directly at them, there was no bag coverage."
To illustrate her point, Eastlake said senior catcher Brandi Huerd had several opportunities to throw a runner out at second, but, "There was no one there to catch the ball."
Eastlake said her squad should have won the two games. She said her players did get hits, but Jenkins had a solid defense. The coach was impressed with the Lady Warriors’ ninth-grade pitcher, who displayed a solid change up.
"She pitched both games," Eastlake said. "She is going to be a great pitcher as she gets older and builds her strength."
For the Lady Tigers, Karson Rogers pitched the first game.
"She was getting a little frustrated because she wasn’t getting the call on her inside strike," the coach said. As a base runner, Rogers got hit in the ribs with the ball and Barbara Rego came in to pitch the second game.
"They both pitched well," Eastlake said. "But they (Jenkins) hit the ball and there were numerous unearned runs because we dropped the ball on defense."
Eastlake said Candace Blair ran the bases well.
"She is not afraid of base running," the coach said. "She is not afraid of sliding, not afraid of colliding, she’ not afraid of anything. I’m proud of her. She is really coming on strong for the junior varsity and varsity teams."
The Lady Tigers host Groves on Saturday for another double-header starting at 11 a.m. It’s the squad’s last varsity home game of the season and the seniors will be honored before the first pitch.
After Saturday’s double-header, the varsity team doesn’t have a game until Oct. 3. Eastlake said she’ll have the girls hit the practice field often to keep them on their toes and game-ready.
"We need to get a victory on these away games," the coach said. "We will be away against Johnson and against Camden."