Southwestern Community College’s softball team came to the field looking sluggish from the opening inning in Thursday’s Region 11 doubleheader with Northeast, and coach Paige Cassady owned up to that much.
The Spartans surrendered four runs in the first inning of game one of the doubleheader and lost both, game one 12-1 and game two a more competitive 6-5.
“We didn’t come out ready and prepared in the first game and they got out to a quick start and we just couldn’t fight back,” Cassady said.
Katlyn Schiefen yielded seven walks in game one and the Hawks’ hitters took advantage with runners in scoring position situations with 13 hits total.
Schiefen took the loss in six innings of work.
Kassidy Craig had two hits and the lone game one run on an RBI groundout by Chelsi Sams. Abby Davis, Alexis Bronner and Courtney Phelps each registered a hit in the loss.
Northeast hurler Moriah Payton silenced the Spartan bats.
“We couldn’t make adjustments,” Cassady said. “Same zone, different day. Couldn’t make adjustments at the plate. Just couldn’t catch up to her.”
The Spartans had their chances in game two pulling the game back from 6-2 to 6-5 with three runs in the sixth.
Davis’ two solo home runs played a big part in the offense playing with more confidence, but proved not enough.
Schiefen added two hits in game two. Craig, Bronner, Sams and Phelps added one hit each in game two.
Sams and Phelps both tallied one RBI.
JoHana McGuire took the loss in game two but was more under control in the circle and allowed her defense to try and get the job done.
“Jo pitched a lot better for us in the second game,” Cassady said. “She let our defense work and our defense made less errors but still didn’t finish the job.
The Hawks were able to hit well off McGuire with 19 base knocks, but McGuire was under control with just one walk allowed against 39 batters faced.
UP NEXT — Southwestern (6-23, 5-19) plays host to top-ranked Kirkwood (43-2, 19-1) Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
The following day, the Spartans will have Sophomore Day as they welcome Creston native Taylor Briley and the fifth-ranked Des Moines Area Community College Bears to town for a doubleheader starting (37-5, 20-0) at noon.