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Lady Wildcats Still Struggle At The Plate


September 5, 2019

Countywide & Sun/Suzie Campbell

Annie Compton pitches against Tecumseh recently.

Bethel softball had a slow week when it comes to game play, having only one game since last Monday. The break came at an ideal time for Head Coach Chad Smith and his Lady Wildcats as they had seen zero runs in five straight games, equating to five straight losses. This week as a time to regroup was much needed.

One streak was broken as Bethel put up two runs against the Harrah Lady Panthers Thursday, Aug. 29. Lady Wildcat Annie Compton provided two of Bethel's five hits on the afternoon. Bethel saw their two runs in the top of the third, whereas Harrah saw zero runs in the bottom of the third.

Unfortunately for Bethel, Harrah did all its scoring during their other at-bats. Harrah started off hot with six runs at the bottom of the first inning and then responding to that with two runs in the bottom of the second. They finished off with single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to take the game 10-2 behind 16 hits for the Lady Panthers.

Bethel now finds itself having lost six straight games with their last win coming Aug. 19. Coach Chad Smith pointed to the reasons for his team's skid.

"The teams we are playing are better than us," said a disgruntled Smith. "We are in a hitting struggle at this point."

During this six game skid, Bethel has only accumulated a total of 17 hits, with nine hits coming from just the last two games. If you are doing the math, that is eight hits in four games. For comparison, only one team out of those four had less than eight hits in their game against Bethel. True to that fact, Coach Smith also added, "We have freshman pitchers who are learning to be high school pitchers."

Coach Smith gave some insight as to what his team needs to do to get the win.

"If we hit the ball well and pitch well, we'll have a chance," he said.

Bethel will face the Hartshorne Lady Miners in Round 1 of the Silo Tournament today. Bethel will try to not be on a seven game losing streak heading into that tournament.


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