New spring programs at State Fair Community College struggled Saturday, with its baseball and softball teams losing two games each as hosts in Sedalia.
The Lady Roadrunners lost control late in 4-3 and 11-1 losses to East Central College at Centennial Park in Sedalia.
At Liberty Park, St. Louis Community College swept State Fair baseball, 6-2 and 8-0, continuing a 4-game win streak against the Roadrunners, beginning with a doubleheader sweep Thursday, March 16.
Losers of five straight, the Roadrunners (9-13) continue Region 16 play Friday, March 24 in Park Hill against Mineral Area College.
Roadrunners third baseman Chris De Los Santos said the team is taking batting practice at 5:30 a.m. during the 5-day break. SFCC played six games the week of March 12-18, finishing 1-5.
“We’re just not playing team baseball,” De Los Santos said. “Get the bats out, start swinging … We’re not having a good approach up there.”
State Fair scored two runs on three hits in game one, posting two runs in the first frame on an error and passed ball.
Roberto Ramirez lasted six innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits. Chase Plymell took the loss in game two. The Archers scored five runs in 5 2/3 innings against Plymell.
Counting a 21-2 loss to Southeastern Community College on Wednesday, the Roadrunners have allowed 56 runs in its last five games. St. Louis CC outscored State Fair 35-11 during the week’s 4-game series.
Head coach Jud Kindle said the team took a step back against the Archers.
“This weekend, we didn’t play very good baseball,” Kindle said. “We got away from what was making us good.”
At Centennial Park, the Lady Roadrunners extended its slide to 11-games in its inaugural season in Sedalia.
Jamie Kluba hit a 3-run homer off Mackenze Gudde to edge State Fair, 4-3, in the top of the seventh. Gudde was 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs, and in the circle, allowed 13 hits and struck out seven.
Again the wheels came off in the seventh for State Fair in game two, but in more drastic fashion.
Trailing 4-1 entering the final frame, the Falcons piled seven runs on Madison Harris in relief. Emily Ross returned to record the final out of the seventh, and the Lady Roadrunners were retired in order to end the day.
Lady Roadrunners head coach Lyndsey Talbot said the team was competitive in both games, but lost its focus late.
“They don’t really have that knack,” Talbot said. “Just knowing certain situations, with what you need, and what the pitcher’s been throwing. The pitcher wasn’t going to burn anything by us.
“We’re in the games until a certain point, and we lose focus and drop off.”
State Fair softball (5-13) face Three Rivers Community College for a doubleheader in Poplar Bluff 2 p.m. Tuesday.
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