Heather Koehn pitches for Starkville Christian School Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The Starkville Christian School Lady Cougars didn't show any signs of quitting even as the deficit against the Immanuel Christian Lady Rams was growing through five innings of Tuesday's softball action.
The Lady Cougars fell behind the Lady Rams 11-0 and then 18-1, but were able to score five late runs to close the gap to 18-6 before being caught by the 10-run rule.
"They've had really good attitudes throughout this season," Starkville Christian softball coach Greg Carlisle said of his team. "One thing is when they have a bad inning, they come back and get their attitudes up, keep good character and in the last inning or so come back.
"Our problem is our big innings come a little too late and they come after we've had two or three innings with errors. It comes too little too late."
After falling behind 11-0, the Lady Cougars scored their first run in the fourth inning when Christina Gilliland came home on an RBI single by Jill Jackson.
Heather Koehn, April Burkis, Rikki Williams and Kayla Williamson bunched one single each in the fifth inning as Starkville Christian got five more runs.
The Lady Cougars had dug such a large hole, mainly because of defensive miscues that it became difficult to rally.
"We need to make the other team earn their runs and that will help us out a lot," Carlisle said. "Their attitude has been so good even when they have bad innings."
The SCS junior varsity was able to take an 8-7 victory against Immanuel.
Charity Morris drove in a pair of runs with two singles and Taylor Dunn also had two singles.
This is the second year the Lady Cougars have played under the leadership of Carlisle and there's still plenty of youth to be found throughout the varsity and junior varsity roster.
"Even our only senior (Rikki Williams), this is her first year to play," Carlisle said. "For most of our junior varsity girls, this is their first year to play so we're building the program and getting them ready for fastpitch so we're going to dive right into fastpitch in the fall."
Starkville Christian, which fell to 0-3-1, plays four of its next five games at home. The Lady Cougars travel to Calvary Christian on April 10.
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