Northwest softball head coach Courtney March said playing Crest Ridge was a teaching opportunity.
The Lady Mustangs threw two first-time pitchers, McKenzie Simpson and Mattie Green against a strong Cougars program Monday. And while they endured a 16-0 loss, March said they’ve made progress since learning picking up the craft three weeks ago.
“It definitely is a huge learning experience,” March said. “They’re working hard and I appreciate their effort every game. It is a lot of work.”
The Lady Cougars scored 12 runs in the first inning and four in the second.
On the adjacent field, Northwest’s baseball team had a runner on third in the fifth inning of a tied game.
When Garren Powell was picked off at third after taking an aggressive secondary lead, Mustang head coach Justin Wiskur was unhappy during the entirety of the rundown.
“We just talked about that,” Wiskur said.
Alex Brockman was caught stealing in the next frame. This time, Wiskur offered words of encouragement during Brockman’s trot to the dugout.
Connor Tichenor, who started at pitcher for the Mustangs, scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a wild pitch. The Mustangs held on in the seventh to seal a 2-1 victory.
After the game, Wiskur said coaching a “slew” of underclassmen has been a learning experience.
“I’ve learned I have to stay patient,” Wiskur said. “We knew we weren’t going to be able to hit the ground running.”
Tichenor struck out five batters in seven innings and induced so many ground ball outs, that six and a half innings of baseball ended the same time three innings of softball did.
The Lady Mustangs host Sweet Springs with Malta Bend tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Northwest baseball faces Stover on the road at 5 p.m.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2