Bombers struggle in championship | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 28, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The East Coast Lady Bombers (ECLB) 10U team participated in the USSSA Mid-Atlantic Championships held this past weekend in Lexington. The young Bombers, who will soon finish their first season in 10U, went 0-4 on the weekend. In a bracket heavily dominated by older teams, the Bombers’ pitching staff gained valuable experience in the circle.
In a hometown match-up, the Lowcountry Lightning shut out the Bombers 16-0. Bailey Cox was the only Bomber to reach base safely in the game. “The girls came out flat,” said Coach Daniel Cox. “We only had two players make contact with the ball in fair territory: Makenzie Pellum and Addison Crosby. Our pitchers combined for a total of eight walks. This, along with several errors behind the plate, led to a very poor first outing for us in our pool game.”
Next, the ECLB lost 16-5 to the Carolina Mojo after jumping ahead three runs in the top of the first. The Mojo capitalized on nine walks to score 13 runs in the bottom of the first. In the next inning, the Bombers mustered two additional runs and then held the Mojo to three runs in the second. “We came out swinging,” said Cox. “Unfortunately, they did as well. Although we played them decently in the second inning, the damage had already been done.”
Against the Aftershock in game three, the Bombers lost 18-6. They, again, put runs on the board early, but struggled finding the strike zone. “Pitching and passed *****, combined with defensive miscues with runners in scoring positions, led to a one-sided ball game,” said Cox.
In the elimination game, the Prosperity All-Stars shut out the ECLB 12-0. Pellum was the only Bomber to reach base, on a walk, the entire game. “The Prosperity All-Stars had the strongest pitcher we faced all weekend,” said Cox. “She was able to completely dominate our lineup. Not a single Bomber batted a ball into the field of play.”
Bailey Cox led the Bombers at the plate for the weekend, going 2-6, with two singles and scoring four runs. Addison Crosby also had two hits on the weekend, with two singles. Pellum, Lanasia Sanders, Maggie Kennedy and Sidney Bailey each had a hit-a-piece in the tournament.
The ECLB will play in North Charleston next weekend in their final tournament of the summer.