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The St. Catharine College softball team found the wet weather unsuitable for many of the games scheduled last week. And when the Patriots did hit the diamond, Holly Smith found the results unsuitable as well for her team. The Patriots, now 9-9, traveled to Midway College on Monday and lost both games, and then dropped a twin bill at Indiana University Southeast on Wednesday.
“We just aren’t hitting the ball,” said Smith. “I guess you go through this at some point in the season, so I hope we get it out of the way early.”
Midway (3-1) got some runs early with three in the first inning en route to a 7-1 win in game one. They added two more runs in the second inning and another two in the fourth. The Patriots’ lone run came in the second inning when Justine Paddock walked and eventually scored on a steal of home when Mary Kate Hayes was thrown out at second on a steal attempt.
St. Catharine could muster just three hits in the game. Shay Mangan and Paddock doubled and Amber Matteoli, who took the loss pitching, singled.
“We did reach base twice on errors and drew four walks, so we had runners on base,” said Smith. “We just couldn’t get the hits when we needed them. We had only three strikeouts, but hit the ball right at them the whole game.”
Much was the same in the second game as Midway prevailed 2-1. Matteoli doubled and scored on a Mangan fielder’s choice to tie the game in the fourth inning, but Midway pushed across a run in the sixth inning. Matteoli had two hits including a double, while six other players had one hit each. Despite a strong outing on the mound, Mangan took the loss.
Wednesday at IUS (4-10) the Patriots fell 9-4 in the opener. Matteoli went the distance taking the loss. Kasie Prather had three hits and Mangan had two, including a double.
In game two the Patriots battled the Grenadiers to a 3-3 tie entering the sixth inning. But the home team then exploded as they plated eight runs without making an out to win the game 11-3 on the run rule. Mangan was the starter, but as Smith explained, got relief help in the final inning.
“They had seven straight hits in the inning. I pitched everybody (Katelin Mulloy and Matteoli relieved) but we couldn’t get them out,” said Smith.
Megan Cheuvront and Nicole Mills each had two hits for the Patriots while Hayes, Prather, Casey Crouch and Emily Bucklew had one each.
“We are finding ways to get on base and in scoring position, but we are leaving them there,” Smith added. “We were getting those key hits early in the season.”
The Patriots still remain in first place in the Mid-South Conference with a 2-0 record, but they will need the key hits as they embark on a busy upcoming schedule that includes conference games on the road.
Yesterday they played University of the Cumberlands and next Tuesday they will play at conference favorite Georgetown College.
In between those dates they will be at West Virginia Tech Thursday and Friday for non-conference games and in a tournament Sunday where they will play Goshen College at Taylor County High School and Union College at Lindsey Wilson.