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PREP SOFTBALL: Alton errors costly in loss to O’Fallon
Errors costly in loss to O’Fallon
Louie Korac For The Telegraph
Published 7:57 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018
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Alton coach Dan Carter’s Redbirds committed six errors in Monday’s 11-8 Southwestern Conference home loss to O’Fallon.
GODFREY — Alton softball coach Dan Carter’s been around long enough to know that mental and physical mistakes committed in the Southwestern Conference don’t go unpunished.
The mistakes Alton made on Monday certainly didn’t go unpunished.
The Redbirds‘ six errors, and questionable baserunning decisions were too much to overcome in an 11-7 loss to O’Fallon on a blustery, cold day at Alton High School. It was a makeup of a game originally scheduled to be played in March.
“You’ve got to make those plays,” Carter said. “There were plays that have got to be made. … Seven unearned runs, and we scored seven. You’ve got to win ball games. You score seven against O’Fallon, you’ve got to get the win.
“We didn’t compete tonight, and that’s frustrating because the other night here against Edwardsville (a 7-5 loss), we came out here and competed. Like we just told the girls and like we’re going to reiterate again, the good thing about this sport is there’s not a lot of time to dwell on it. We come out again tomorrow and get ready to go again.”
All started well for Alton (4-4, 1-2) when they scored three rimes in the home half of the first after starting pitcher Alyson Haegele allowed a solo home run to O’Fallon’s Ashley Schloer belted a solo home run to center field.
Tami Wong tripled and scored on Abby Scyoc’s RBI double. Lynna Fischer singled in a run and she scored on Ashlyn Betz’s base hit, as the first four Redbirds reached base via hit off O’Fallon starting pitcher Hayleigh Juenger. Rachel McCoy drove in a run with a fielder’s choice ground ball and it was 3-1.
But that’s when the wheels came off the Redbirds defensively. They committed an error in a four-run Panthers second inning when they took the lead for good on four hits off Haegele, who lasted only 3 2/3 innings, an unearned run in the third and four unearned runs in the fourth when Haegele was chased from the game for Scyoc.
But the damage had already been done by the Panthers (6-2, 3-0), who finished the game with 15 hits, and it was 10-4 before Alton batted in the fourth.
“We didn’t make plays,” Carter said. “When you get popups on the infield and or in the outfield, they’ve got to be caught. That’s the way it goes.”
Despite the trivial play in the field, the Redbirds plated five or more runs in a game for eighth straight time to start the season and with that, there’s never a doubt Alton is out of a game.
“No question,” Carter said. “We have the ability to hit up and down the lineup. You saw it tonight. All the girls in the lineup can put the ball in play. If we can hit the ball like we did tonight, I don’t know how many hits we had, but we put the ball in play and you’re going to score runs. We earned most of our runs. I know they had a couple errors, but we’re going to give ourselves a chance.
“… I would say this is probably the best-hitting team I’ve ever had, but it’s Game 8, so let’s see where we’re at Game 18.”
McCoy’s two-run double, her second two-bagger of the game, in the bottom of the sixth off Panthers reliever Kaitlin Moore made it a 10-7 game, but O’Fallon got an insurance run off Scyoc, who worked 3 1/3 effective relief innings.
“It’s a learning experience,” Carter said. “I’m very disappointed because I don’t know if we’ve played this bad at this level on this field in a long time, but we’ve got a lot of young girls out here without a lot of experience. But the older girls have got to pick it up and start bringing them along. They made mistakes, too.
“You chalk it up. You can’t dwell on it. You talk, you learn and you move on.”
Alton will most Granite City in another SWC conference game today at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Southwestern on Wednesday at 4:30 and playing at Collinsville on Thursday at 4:30 before rounding out a busy week in a doubleheader at Jersey Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
O’FALLON 11, ALTON 7
O’Fallon 141 400 1 — 11 15 2
Alton 301 102 0 — 7 10 6
O’Fallon (6-2, 3-0) — Wilson 1-5 RBI, Brunner 3-5 RBI, Schloer 2-5 HR RBI, Short 1-4 RBI-2, Moore 2-5, Ca. Keller 1-4 2B RBI, Juenger 1-2 RBI-2, VanAusdall 2-2 RBI, Co. Keller 2-3 RBI-2. WP-Juenger IP-5 H-8 R_4 ER-2 BB-2 K-8.
Alton (4-4, 1-2) — Wong 2-4 2B 3B, Scyoc 1-5 RBI, Fischer 2-3 RBI, Betz 2-2 RBI, Hudson 1-4 RBI, McCoy 2-4 2B-2 RBI-3. LP-Haegele IP-3 2/3 H-11 R-10 ER-3 BB-3 K-1.