Lady Cougars off to 0-3 start | Sports | The Press and Standard

by | March 17, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: March 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

By ROBERT DRIGGERS
coachdriggers@yahoo.com

The Colleton County Lady Cougar Softball team dropped three games in their first week of regular season play. “We are really just making too many errors to be competitive right now,” said Coach Amber Gantt. “The girls know what to do. I really think it is a confidence thing more than anything else. We are starting to get some of the girls that were injured back healthy, so that should improve the fielding and hitting part.”
The Lady Cougars lost 14-4 on Monday, March 7 against Cane Bay in an away game. The Cobras struck for six runs in the second inning and never looked back, as Colleton County didn’t have an answer to the big inning. The Lady Cougars were led offensively by Brittany Risher, Katelyn Barwick, Jamoni Sanders and Skylar Chambers with a hit apiece.
Chambers pitched five innings for the Lady Cougars. She allowed 12 hits, collected two strikeouts and walked two batters. Behind her, Colleton County committed six errors, which accounted for several unearned runs.
West Ashley came to town Tuesday night and earned a 12-2 decision over the Lady Cougars.  The Wildcats scored six runs in the second inning to grab an early lead. Sarah Way led the Cougars going 2-for-2 at the plate, with Sanders and Risher contributing a hit apiece. Sanders hit an opposite field triple, which got away from the West Ashley fielder, allowing Sanders to scamper home for the Lady Cougars’ second run of the game.
Chambers got the start in the circle, allowing 11 hits and issuing two walks. Colleton County committed nine errors in the game.
“Right now we are allowing teams to have a big inning because of our mistakes,” stated Coach Gantt.
“We simply cannot afford to give teams extra outs in an inning.”
Friday night, the Lady Cougars played what may have been their best game of the week against Beaufort. However, they were not able to come away with the win, losing 5-0 after managing just three hits throughout the game. The Lady Cougars threatened in the fifth, with runners on first and second with two outs, but could not get the needed big hit.
Chambers pitched a complete game for the Lady Cougars, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, with no walks. Defensively, with the exception of two misplayed ***** in the outfield, the Lady Cougars played a much more competitive game.  “We played better tonight defensively,” said Gantt.

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