History Continues to Elude Ohio Christian University Softball
There it is looming on the horizon. Sometimes seeming almost close enough to touch, close enough to grasp. Yet, the first win in program history continues to elude the Lady Trailblazers who lost both games of a double header against Ohio University-Chillicothe at Paint Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Hilltoppers would take the first game by a score of 13-2. Sophomore catcher Katie Clark would get the only hit of the game for the Trailblazers. Four Trailblazers would reach base by drawing walks, Kourtnie Buchanan reached base on a hit-by-pitch, and Domonique Martin reached on a fielder's choice. Freshman center fielder Stacy Russell, who accounted for two of the bases on balls, would eventually score the first two runs of the year for the Trailblazers. "We have been telling the ladies to be more aggressive on the bases. Stacy did that tonight. She had two stolen bases and scored our first two runs of the year," said Head Coach Emory Clark. The first run that Russell scored was on a hustle play on which she beat the throw to home on a fielder's choice that went to first before coming home.
On the defensive side of the game the Trailblazers gave 13 runs while only committing three errors. Freshman pitcher Stacy Moody faced 28 batters earning one strike out while giving up 6 bases on balls, 8 hits, and one home run. "Defensively, we came out pretty strong. We only gave them 2 runs in the first inning on two well hit balls. But, again we had a couple of innings where we let them get too many base runners on board and then struggled to get the outs we needed at the right time," said Head Coach Emory Clark. "I was really proud of Stacy (Moody) tonight. She wasn't feeling well, but she came in and pitched her best and played a good defensive game in the circle. She gave us a scare once when she took a hard shot back up the middle that glanced off of her glove and got her in the face, but she wanted to stay in the game." Moody would eventually pitch all eight innings of defense for the Trailblazers.
The Trailblazers dropped the second game by a score of 12-0. "Offensively our bats seemed to go cold. OU-C changed pitchers and she was able to strike out 11 of our 19 batters," said Coach Clark. Allie Moore would get her first hit of the season and would follow it up with her first stolen base of the year. Crystal Thorne reached base on a throwing error and Stacy Moody and Staci Russell would each earn bases on balls to account for the only four base runners allowed by the Hilltoppers hurler.
Defensively the Trailblazers gave up 12 runs while committing five errors. Stacy Moody would face 29 batters giving up 11 hits and three walks with no strikeouts. "This was Stacy's first game of the year without at least one strike out. But, for a young lady who wasn't feeling well to come out and pitch as well as she did and field the ball as well as she did, I really am quite proud of her," said Coach Clark.
"Our youth and inexperience showed itself, again, tonight. We had seven out of nine players both game that were freshman. The more we play, the more improvement we see. They may be small improvements, but they are improvements. I am still hopeful that we will continue to put the pieces together, and eventually that elusive first win will be ours," said Coach Clark.
The Trailblazers will host their first home games of the year on Monday, April 5 at Ted Lewis Park against the Cougars from the University of Cincinnati-Clermont. The games will be played at Ted Lewis Park in downtown Circleville beginning at 3:30 PM.