LEBANON – After waiting two days to open sectional play due to rain, the Lady Aviators softball team traveled to Lebanon last Wednesday for a tilt with the traditional softball power.
While not going down without a fight, Butler fell to the Lady Warriors by a score of 10-0 in six innings to end their season at 11-11 overall.
“They didn’t over power us, they had four solid hits and we gave up eight walks and hit by pitches,” said first year head coach Lindsay Shephard. “We had bases loaded twice and still didn’t score. We have to put it together somehow.”
In fact it was two walks and a hit batsmen that led to the Warriors plating four runs in the second inning.
The Aviators tried to answer in the third when Farrah Cole hit a long ball off the fence in left center field that narrowly missed leaving the park. After the double, however, Butler was unable to advance her.
Butler threatened again in the fifth when they loaded the bases but couldn’t get the hit they needed to break through.
Lebanon countered with a pair of runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to end the game.
Shephard credited her senior class with helping with the transition to a new coaching staff.
“It’s been a transition this year,” she said. “We had to pick up the intensity and it had to come from all classes. Our seniors had been used to having a lot of fun and took the leadership role to play intense and having fun versus one or the other. I couldn’t ask for a better senior class.”
Shephard feels good about the Lady Aviators’ future.
“We have eight returning players and a very talented eighth grade class, but we have to figure out how to play seven innings instead of five,” she said. “It’s not a talent issue, its a mind-set issue. We have to get them to not like being .500.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.