Remember the old baseball move Bull Durham with Kevin Costner? The Bulls’ announcer made one of his classic observations, saying, “I don’t know what these guys are thinking about, but it sure ain’t baseball.”
That comical line would have applied to the Smith-Cotton Lady Tiger softball team following Monday night’s 14-2 loss in five innings to the Jefferson City Lady Jays at Richard Vansell Field.
S-C, who lost their eighth straight, allowed 20 hits and booted the ball around to the tune of six errors. They committed tons more mental errors as Coach Lisa Dey’s Lady Jays scored four times in the fifth and closed the game with six runs in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Not that it mattered, but Lady Tiger leadoff hitter Shelby Parker stroked her second single of the game in the third inning and advanced to third with less than two out. The Lady Tigers’ next hitter bounced a one-hopper to third. Parker, instead of making the Jays’ third baseman throw across to first, took off for home and was easily thrown out at the plate.
Jeff City scored a run in the top of the first on a one-out single to right, a stolen base and another single to right. All three Jay hits in the first went to right field.
S-C came right back in the home half of the first. Parker singled and was forced out on a grounder by Jordan Kemp. Tiffany Hardy singled to put Tiger runners at the corners and then stole second. Cassidy Kloeppel drove a pitch through the middle as Kemp and Hardy scored to give S-C a 2-1 lead after one inning.
Jefferson City added three more runs in the third on four hits to take the lead for good at 4-2.
The roof caved in on S-C and pitcher Hayley Shelley in the fourth. The Lady Jays rapped out four more hits and the Lady Tigers committed three errors as the Capital City ballclub opened up an 8-2 lead after four frames.
It seemed only a matter of time before the Lady Jays ended it. Pulling out all the stops, Dey had her club swinging the metal and running the bases with abandon hoping they could finish the game before the light rain did.
Jeff City had six runs on four hits and three Lady Tiger errors to end the game on the 10-run rule after five innings. Taylor Dey had a pinch-hit, RBI single for the Jays in the fifth. She is the daughter of Lady Jay coach Lisa Dey and former Smith-Cotton and Jefferson City coach Warren Dey.
Parker had two hits in three trips to the plate for S-C. Hardy, Abby Perkins and Kloeppel each had a hit as S-C mustered just five hits. The Lady Tigers entered the game hitting .330 as a team.
S-C fell to 2-11 on the season and they have lost eight straight. Their two wins came over Eugene and Russellville early in the season in the Boonvile Tournament. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.