CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal Eagles softball team could have won two games against Pewamo-Westphalia, according to coach Samantha Jensen.
But two near-comebacks resulted in losses of 13-10 and 10-8 Monday.
The wins were the first two for the Pirates (2-2), who came into the twin bill with two losses to Portland St. Patrick.
“I definitely think we were the better team, but we had errors at critical times,” Jensen said. “We worked hard to try to get on the bats and get runs, but it wasn’t enough.”
The errors started early for the Eagles (1-5). They opened the first game with two errors in the first inning and five more in the second that led to eight runs, with only one being earned, to make the score 8-1 after an inning and a half.
At that point, Jensen tried to rally her team with the same theme she has used all season.
“Perseverance,” she said. “That’s kind of the word I’ve been using. We have a very young team, a lot of inexperience. But I think we have a lot of athleticism and that eventually things will come together. It’s just a matter of wins. Just because you’re down six runs or eight runs, you can still come back.”
The Eagles scored three times in the bottom of the second inning to make it 8-4, but the Pirates scored three times in the fourth for an 11-4 lead after 3 ½ innings.
Two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth got the game close before P-W scored two more runs in the seventh to help put the game out of reach.
Even a pair of runs in the seventh weren’t enough.
“I think they (CC-Crystal) got used to the pitcher, the timing of the pitches,” Jensen said. “And I think once people started hitting, other girls caught on and got the idea.”
Whitney LaVictor took the loss, giving up 11 hits and two walks while striking out seven. But she was hurt by those seven errors.
Kacey Hengesbach got the win for the Pirates despite 19 hits allowed. She walked three and struck out four.
Taylee Smith, Raelynne Ferguson and Karrigan Flick had four hits each for the Eagles.
The second game was more of the same, “but not as bad,” Jensen noted.
CC-Crystal led 2-1 after one inning, but P-W scored three times in the second to take a 4-2 lead.
Both teams exchanged a run in the third, but the Pirates scored five times on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, with the big blow being a bases-clearing double by Shannon Wohlfelt.
The Eagles scored four times in the fifth inning before the game was called on account of rain and darkness.
“I think we were trying to hit and we were scoring some runs, but it seemed like when we had the bases loaded we didn’t bring in the runs. We weren’t getting that clutch hit,” Jensen said.
The Eagles had five hits, with LaVictor getting two.
Next up for the Eagles is a home game against Ashley today. They will also play Vestaburg in a make-up game Thursday at home.