A day of disappointments
Once you reach the state tournament, records don’t matter.
The Seymour Lady Eagles softball team, which entered play with the best record of any team in the field, found that out the hard way Wednesday.
The Blue and Gold (41-8-1 overall) had their second-straight early exit from the BlueCross Spring Fling, with a 1-0 loss to Munford (35-9) and a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Riverdale (34-12). The two losses eliminate the Lady Eagles from the tournament.
“We just didn’t execute,” a stunned Seymour coach Dayna Carter said after the elimination game. “We have a .390 batting average coming into this tournament, and we’re not playing a weak schedule.
“That’s what I don’t get. We were fully prepared for this tournament, and we didn’t get it done. That’s just the bottom line. I think we’ve been shutout one time in 48 games this year, and we were shutout twice today. I’m speechless, I really am.”
The Lady Eagles managed just five hits in their two losses, and in the opening loss to Munford, they didn’t get their first knock until two outs in the last inning on Lady Cougars’ pitcher Tara Comer.
“At this point in the season you know every team is going to be great, there’s only eight teams left in the state tournament, but I think we missed our opportunity this morning (against Munford),” Carter said. “I think we were better, and I think we should have won.
“But hats off to them. (Comer) held us to a one-hitter.”
Seymour’s Carly Lewis also tossed a one-hitter in the game, although the one hit she gave up was a first-inning solo homer to Munford freshman Sam Scott.
“The sad thing is, Carly does her job,” Carter said. “She’s given up three hits all day, and they have three runs.”
In the later game against Riverdale, spotty defense early cost the Lady Eagles an early run.
“I know that first run was scored by two crucial errors by our freshmen,” Carter said.
Seymour never recovered, and Riverdale tacked on an insurance run for pitcher Caroline Faulkner in the fifth, which essentially sealed the game.
“When we’re 0-4 in sac bunts today,” Carter said, lamenting the Lady Eagles problems getting the few runners they had into scoring position. “You can’t execute and manufacture runs when you’re not making opportunities to get runners in scoring position. We just didn’t get it done.”
The Lady Eagles will graduate three players from this team — ace pitcher Carly Lewis, who’s among the school’s all-time leader in most pitching categories, along with Abbie Chasteen and Brittany Drysdale.