2009-05-14 / Sports

Despite four straight losses Bobcat softball 'improving'

Despite losing four straight games by wide margins the Houghton Lake Bobcat varsity softball team is showing Coach Rob Kunik "improvement" and "determination" after two double headers. The Bobcats lost to Farwell 14-4 and 12-4 Tuesday and lost to Standish-Sterling 12-1 and 10-0 May 8th.

After the first game with Farwell Kunik said "We showed improvement and a little determination. Now, we just have to sustain it."

The Bobcats gave up seven runs in the 7th inning after an error and four walks opened the door for the Eagles, who won 14-4. Farwelll had led 5-1 before the fateful 7th. Chelsea Williams, Shauni Nielsen and Jenny Parker all had two hits each for the Bobcats, and a Parker double in the 5th inning scored two runs.

In the 2nd game with Farwell the third inning was the Bobcats' highlight despite a 12-4 loss. Molly Bigford led off with a triple then Mariah Drogt hit a double to score Bigford. Molly Collins then hit a single to drive in Drogt for the second Bobcat run. Nielsen than singled to score Collins for the third run. The Bobcats added their last run in the top of the 4th inning.

The Bobcats had only four errors in the seven innings.

"We hung in there until the 7th when Farwell hit the ball well," Kunik said. "It was a good game for us. We showed some improvement. There's no giving up here."

Seven 1st inning runs by Standish set the tone early for the Bobcat's 12-2 loss. Two walks and three errors helped the Panther's offense in the 1st inning. Then two 3rd inning errors helped the Panthers score four more runs.

Bigford had a single in the 2nd inning that scored Nielsen and Haley Czada for the Bobcat's only runs.

"If we could cut our errors in half that would go a long way to making us competitive," Kunik said.

In their second game with Standish the Bobcats showed some improvement by avoiding the "big innings" by limiting the Panthers to three innings where they scored only two runs each inning, in their 10-0 loss. Standish completed their romp with four runs in the 7th inning. The Bobcats left stranded Panther runners in all but one inning.

"We showed improvement handling tough situations and not allowing them to get out of control," Kunik said.

Following the four games the Bobcats posted a 2-16 record overall while posting a 0-12 Jack Pine Conference record.

The Bobcats host Harrison tonight (Thursday) then travel to the Lincoln-Alcona Tournament May 16 and host Kalkaska May 20th. Their last regularly scheduled game will be May 22 at Oscoda Area.

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