Arcanum bats go cold in loss to Eaton softball


By Drew Terhall

ARCANUM — The Lady Trojans softball team lost a close one at home as they fell 6-3 to Eaton on April 5.

The team scored 24 runs in their last game on April 1 and had to reschedule some games due to weather. Head coach Mike Morris said the team wasn’t themselves at the plate. They couldn’t get their hitting going throughout the game.

“Everything was up. We were swinging at pitches that we shouldn’t be swinging at. We didn’t pick up on what she was throwing. We knew what she was going to do. She wanted to go up and out. We just didn’t adjust to it,” Morris said.

Eaton came out swinging in the first inning as sophomore Madison Copper hit a solo home run in the first inning to put the Lady Eagles up 1-0.

Arcanum gained the lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run single by junior Marli Morris. The lead was short lived as Eaton scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-2 lead.

Junior Julie Schrimper doubles in two runs for Eaton while an error helped Eaton tie the game. Morris said the team has a lot to clean up just when he thought the team was getting on a roll.

The Lady Trojans made some small defensive mistakes that gave Eaton some extra outs.

“We made a couple mistakes there on where to go with the ball. Young players do that. Hopefully we get this figured out. I thought we were starting to roll, but we got to get it figured out,” Morris said.

Freshman Matty Noe helped drive in a run for Arcanum in the third inning as she reached on an error. Senior Ashlyn Miller scored and made it a 4-3 game.

Then Eaton showed off their power again. Junior Meredith Pieratt hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and then drove in another run in the sixth inning to go up 6-3.

The Lady Trojans were able to put the ball in play, but couldn’t reach base and put pressure on Eaton.

Senior Hannah Kendig started the game and pitched 4.2 innings and had three strikeouts. Senior Belle Harleman pitched the rest of the way and had three strikeouts.

Arcanum is now 4-4 on the season with a 2-0 record. With the eclipse on Monday, they will have less time to prepare for a big league game against Tri-Village on April 9. Morris said that could be a game that will impact the WOAC standings.

“We’re going to figure something out. That’s a big game right there. That could decide the league. That’s what we got to get focused on now,” Morris said.

The Lady Trojans will then have games at Milton Union on April 10, at Mississinawa Valley on April 11 and then host Kenton Ridge on April 13. The weekday games will start at 5 p.m. while the Kenton Ridge game will start at 11 a.m.

Contact Daily Advocate sports editor Drew Terhall at [email protected]

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