The offensive woes continue for South Hardin.
The Tigers have scored just 11 runs in their 11 games this summer. The team batting average is 0.153 with 30 hits on the year. Against another struggling squad, Grinnell, SH put the ball in play but could not get run support in the 7-0 loss.
“We are actually getting the ball in play and that’s a huge first step for us,” said assistant coach Becky Rosonke. “A lot of hard work by the girls in practice and getting more practices, lots of hitting and repetitions, I think we can start turning some things around.”
The hosting Tigers had an early chance to take the lead. Meghan VanDePol led off with a bunt single. She attempted to steal second before getting caught and being the first out and the next two SH (1-10) batters were quickly retired.
Scoring opened in the second stanza. The visiting Tigers put together five base knocks (including a double) and a walk that scored four runs for the early advantage.
The hosts left two runners stranded in the home portion of the frame. Hannah Rewoldt reached on an error and a single from Shelby May put runners on first and second. With one out, Faith Owens got on first with a fields choice – ending Rewoldt’s scoring threat at third. A grounder to third ended the inning.
Grinnell (5-8) scratched two runs across in the third. A lead off walk rounded home on a single and a three-bagger scored another run. The SH defense had three pop-outs to leave the runner at the hot corner.
Both squads left runners on the base paths in the next three innings.
The visitors tabbed another run in seventh. With one out a mishap put Hannah Behrens on. She stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. The third walk issued by Shelby May put another runner on and a fielder’s choice and single from Emma Ware scored a run. With the bases loaded, May struck out her fifth batter of the game to end the threat.
The Tigers went down in order in the home stretch to be shut out for the seventh time of the season.
“We did really well defensively. We had one error, maybe two, they did really good and they all had a positive attitude is really big,” Rosonke said. “I would have really loved this win but we played a good game so I’m not regretting any of it.”