MAYPEARL — Maypearl High School and the varsity Lady Panthers softball team were three innings away from securing a win over top-ranked Scurry-Rosser High School on Tuesday at Lady Panther Field, but errors stole the opportunity away.
“We had three errors in the first (inning) and it kind of went on from there,” said Telina Chavez, Maypearl High School’s head softball coach, about her team’s eight total errors during the 15-8 loss to the Lady Wildcats. “We beat Scurry-Rosser 17-4 last time and they laid down and let us beat them and tonight they didn’t. We could have had a little more mental toughness. We need to be able to dig deep in those last innings when we’re down.
“We can’t depend on our bats. They’ve been hot all year. You’ve got to have bats and gloves the whole game, not just part of the game. This game gave us an idea of what the playoffs will be like and the types of teams we’ll face.”
Though they lost, their record is good enough to secure second place in the district, Chavez said, noting a win against Scurry-Rosser offered an opportunity to pick up some momentum going into the playoffs.
She also said the Lady Panthers error total was higher against the Lady Cats than during their three previous games against Sunnyvale, LifeWaxahachie and Life Oak Cliff high schools combined.
Maypearl senior catcher Kayla Hill said her team’s troubles began in the early moments of the game, when they made mistakes uncharacteristic of the fundamentals of Maypearl softball.
“We had great hitting, but getting four errors early is never the way you want to start the game,” she said. “No game is ever over before it begins and you don’t know what will happen from inning to inning. We need to be able to fight back if we commit that many errors again, overcome things like that and be mentally tough the entire game.”
Despite Hill’s 4-for-5 performance at the plate and home runs by Hill, senior Brooke Cole and sophomore Jolee Shotwell during the second, fourth and fifth innings and being locked in a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning, the Lady Panthers dropped to 8-2 in district 12-3A play.
They will play the district’s No. 1 team, Palmer High School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Lady Panther field after traveling to Kemp High School to face the Lady Yellowjackets at 6 p.m. on Friday at KHS Softball Field.
“It was a good lesson to learn before we get into the playoffs, but it’s one we should have learned during the early season and after some tough losses,” Hill continued. “There’s nothing we can do about it now, we just have to fight back as hard as we can.”