Errors hurt Cass in loss to Dalton
by David Royal
Sep 03, 2014 | 610 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass had its offense and pitching working but its defensive play wasn’t there as it fell 11-7 to Dalton in girls high school softball play Tuesday.

Errors contributed to the Lady Colonels missing a chance to move to .500 in region play and they now are 2-4 in games that count toward the state playoffs.

Cass coach Greg Hight said the loss is hard to take because his team clearly had a chance to defeat Dalton.

“You can’t give up a four-base error on your first play and then commit two throwing errors that give up three runs and expect to win,” Hight said. “It was there for us to take.”

Dalton had scored early in the contest when Gabby Wright hit a ball to the infield that was picked up and thrown over the first baseman and continued almost to the right-field fence, allowing Wright to circle the basepath and touch home plate.

Two other Dalton players singled their way on and then scored in that same inning, giving their team a 3-0 lead that grew to 4-0 in the top of the second.

Cass responded with five runs in the bottom of the second. Hanna Lee started the fireworks with a triple that reached the right-field wall and Sarah Fox, a courtesy runner, later crossed the plate for Cass on a double by Savannah Hutchins.

Lynnsey Hollifield, Hutchins, Aleigha McDaniel, and Hope Elrod all touched home plate in the inning as well as Cass took a 5-4 lead.

The Lady Colonels added a run to that tally in the third when Hollifield scored after a double by Tori Evans.

Dalton scored two runs in the fourth to knot the score at 6-6, but Cass came back in the fifth when Hutchins got all the sweetness out of her swing and sent the softball out of the park in the deep part of center field, giving Cass a 7-6 lead, the last it would hold in the contest.

Dalton tied the game in the sixth and then benefitted from two errors in scoring four runs on two singles that gave it its final 11-7 margin of victory.

Hight said the team must play better defense to provide support for its pitching staff to turn around its season.

“It’s hard on a pitcher to pitch behind that many mistakes,” he said. “I thought Hannah [Lee] and Kaelee [Rush] both did a great job on the mound. Our defense is not supporting our pitching.”

Lee worked 3 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and six runs, two of them earned. She struck out one.

Rush worked 3 2/3 innings and allowed six hits and five runs, one of them earned. She struck out three.

The Lady Colonels dropped to 4-8 overall and 2-4 in region play with the loss.

They next play today when they visit Cedartown. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.

Cass tallied nine hits and five errors in the contest.

Hutchins, who drove in two runs, and Hollifield both were credited with two hits. Katelin White also drove in two runs on the evening.