It was a tale of two completely different games for the Starkville High School softball team to start the Jacket Jam Saturday.
After dominating West Lowndes 18-4 in the first game of the day, it was an about-face result in the second as the Lady Yellowjackets dropped an 18-0 decision to Columbus in three innings.
Starkville coach Lisa Spencer was disappointed with the performance of her team against the Lady Falcons.
"We've got to learn to play to the level of our competition," Spencer said. "You've got to have passion and that was something that was lacking in that second game. We didn't play with passion and didn't play with pride."
The thing that was the most disturbing was it came against a division rival in Columbus. Even though Saturday's game didn't count in the division standings, Spencer knows the attitude has to change when the two teams meet again on Sept. 28.
Spencer credited the Lady Falcons for their play, but felt like the Lady Jackets could have been more competitive.
"We've got a new pitcher and the defense has got to come through," Spencer said. "I'm not taking anything away from Columbus because they've come a long way and are greatly improved. We just need to be consistent in what we're doing."
Starkville only had three hits against Columbus on one single each by Shanell Johnson and Reonee Clark in the first inning and an infield single by Ty'Keyia Davis in the third.
The Lady Jackets had seven hits in the first game against West Lowndes. Nicole Hackett had a double and a single, while Reonee Clark had a pair of singles and Jonissa Buchanan, Iyuana Clark and Verlyncia Leonard had one single each.
Starkville scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to the victory.
"We took advantage of their struggling pitching and had a couple of good hits," Spencer said.