The margin of the loss didn't matter as much to the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers Tuesday afternoon as the loss itself.
Even as the score grew in Copiah Academy's favor at the Lady Volunteer softball field, the fact that it was a conference game made it hurt a little more for Starkville Academy.
The Lady Vols dropped a 22-0 decision to fall to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in Class AAA, Division II.
"This is a very competitive conference," SA coach Kayla Mosley said. "There's not an easy win in it so in every conference game this year, we've going to have to be ready to play and we just weren't ready (Tuesday)."
The Lady Vols fell behind in the first inning when Copiah sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs.
Copiah used eight hits and a couple of Starkville Academy miscues along the way to gain the sizable advantage.
The situations where games have snowballed are tough lessons Mosley said the Lady Vols are having to learn this season.
"If you just forget it, then you're not going to learn from it so I hope they will remember it," Mosley said. "I know I will.
"We need to remember what we did wrong, take those situations and we do something different the next time around."
Copiah scored five runs in the second and five more in the third before the one hour and a half time limit came into play.
Mary Austin Barber was the starting pitcher for SA and went the distance on a tough day to work.
"The effort is there and that's what I want to see from her," Mosley said. "I know pitcher is not her true position, but she's giving me all she's got when she's in the circle so that's all I can ask."
Lauren Ware got the only hit for the Lady Vols, a first-inning single off Copiah's Jordan Jones.
Starkville Academy plays Golden Triangle rival Heritage at home Thursday and Mosley expects a more competitive game.
"It will be an exciting game," Mosley said. "We played them Saturday. We came back and ended up 9-5 so two evenly matched teams."