WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg softball team played a tough Colton team three times last week, and dropped all three games.
On April 11, the Lady Cardinals traveled to Colton and were defeated 13-3. The Cards struggled to find their offense coming off spring break, putting up just three hits in the game.
On Saturday, Waitsburg hosted Colton in a double-header. In the first game, Waitsburg hit the ball well, putting up 11 hits. Ariel Sandau led the way with three hits, followed by Tayler Jones, Timber Frohreich and Chloe Pearson with a pair each.
The Cards led through the third inning, but defensive errors in the fourth and sixth innings allowed Colton seven unearned runs to overcome the Cards 16-9. Both errors were made trying to catch runners off base.
Waitsburg was also able to turn two double plays in the first game, and Devon Harshman gave her team a much-needed homerun.
"It's unfortunate, because the girls were playing really well and showing just how competitive they can be," said Waitsburg Coach Angie Potts. "The errors were aggressive mistakes trying to catch runners off base.We want the girls making aggressive plays and taking chances, so we'll keep working with them on those things, to cut down on the errors."
In the second game, Waitsburg's bats went cold, with Karlie Matthews getting the Cardinal's sole hit. Colton continued to dominate the Cards with 20 runs on 12 hits and no errors.
Tuesday, 4/11/17 at Colton
Waitsburg 0 1 0 1 1 - 3 runs 3 hits 0 errors
Colton 0 3 7 2 x - 13 runs 17 hits 3 errors
Battery: Colton: E. Schultheis and Kelley; Waitsburg: Benson and J. Alleman
Hits: Waitsburg: Jones, Williams, Pearson Colton: K. Druffel, Moehrle 2, E. Schultheis 2, Em. Schultheis 2, Kelley 2, Smith 2, Pluid, L. Smith 2, Thomas 3
Colton 1 0 0 4 1 5 5 - 16 runs 9 hits 2errors
Waitsburg 2 0 3 0 0 0 4 - 9 runs 11 hits 4 errors
Battery: E. Schultheis and Kelley; Sandau, Benson (5) and Harshman
Hits - Colton: Druffel 2, E. Schultheis, Em. Schultheis, Kelley, Smith, Thomas 2; Waitsburg: Sandau 3, Jones 2, Frohreich 2, Pearson 2, Harshman, Forney, Matthews
Colton 2 4 8 1 1 4 - 20 runs 12 hits 0 errors
Waitsburg 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 runs 1 hits 5 errors
Battery: Em. Schultheis and Kelley; Sandau, Benson (4) and Harshman, VanBlaricom (4)
Hits: Colton: Druffel, Moehrle, E. Schultheis 3, Smith, Pluid 2, Smith 2, Thomas; Waitsburg: Matthews