State Fair Community College softball dropped two games Tuesday, March 7, at Centennial Park in Sedalia to North Central Missouri by scores of 12-0 and 10-9.
The Lady Roadrunners (5-7) have lost seven straight after the doubleheader sweep.
Head coach Lyndsey Talbot said that 14 games into its inaugural season, persistence is the team’s strength, which is why a 5-inning 12-nothing loss in game one was so disappointing.
“I challenged them,” Talbot said. “I wasn’t very nice in the postgame. They have fought all year long, and in that game there was just no fight.”
Emily Ross took the loss in game one, allowing three home runs in five innings.
For the Lady Pirates, Allison Hilsabeck held State Fair to two hits and walks apiece. Jaclyn Weydert went 2-for-3 with six RBIs and scored twice.
The Lady Roadrunners scored four runs in the first frame of game two, but North Central Missouri tied the game at four on a fielding error in the third.
Talbot said the offense struggled to make up for five State Fair errors.
Down 9-5 in the sixth, SFCC rallied to tie the game with three hits and two walks. Madison Harris provided a bases-clearing double with two outs to draw even with North Central Missouri.
Harris took the circle in the next frame, facing Lady Pirate leadoff McKinley Hurley. She singled, stole second and scored the go-ahead run on a Bethany Jacobsen single to center.
Jacobsen was thrown out at second for an 8-3-6 RBI fielder’s choice. Harris struck out two batters to end the inning.
Talbot said that in the program’s inaugural season — and her first as head coach — patience with the team is key.
“They’re making improvements,” Talbot said. “But you can see sometimes they take a step back … Patience, that’s the biggest thing. They’re not going out there trying to screw up, or strike out or make an error. So I mean, the biggest thing is taking a deep breath and not overreacting.”
State Fair travels to Kansas City on Thursday to face MCC-Maple Woods in a doubleheader. First pitch at Happy Rock Park is 1 p.m.
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