Lady Generals fall to Valley, 9-0 record at 3-2 on yearPublished 10:45am Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals were off to a fast start to the 2014 season before hitting a speed bump in the form of a 9-0 loss to Valley.
The long ball was the difference maker in the contest, as Valley put three of HBHS starter K-Rae Blasingame’s pitches over the wall during the course of the game.
“We were disappointed because we had defeated them last Friday (in a 1-0 shutout),” said HBHS softball coach Kim Vickers. “We were not focused from the beginning. Our girls had a hard time at the plate, and we did not put the ball in play as needed.”
Before this loss, HBHS was 3-1 on the season after the Beauregard Lady Hornet Invitational and had won all their games thanks to dominant, shutout efforts from the mound, and timely defense.
In the team’s previous win over Valley, Blasingame fanned nine hitters, and newcomer Rebecca Norrell came up with the decisive RBI.
“I was very proud of the way the girls played (during the Lady Hornet Invitational),” Vickers said. “They’ll do well in 2A ball if they stay focused and continue to improve.”
Vickers’ main source of optimism comes from the team’s fast start, as well as the fact that the team is loaded with experience.
The Lady Generals lost only one player (Ranley Clayton) from the 2013 squad that won the area tournament.
Vickers said it would be a challenge to replace Clayton’s defensive prowess from third base, but added that the pieces are in place for good things this year.
“Alana Story and (newcomer) Brooke Johnson are both working hard to fill (third base),” Vickers said.
In addition to Norrell and Johnson, the Lady Generals have one more new face to the team that has immediately paid dividends.
“(Starting catcher) Taylor Walton has helped build a strong working relationship with K-Rae and the infield,” Vickers said.
The Lady Generals will attempt to get back to their winning ways when they face area opponent Randolph County at home on Thursday.
The game is set to start at 4 p.m., pending weather conditions.