By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Millington Lady Trojans finally got on their home field at Miles Park last Tuesday taking on rival Bolton.
And the match up against the Lady Wildcats was also the Lady Trojans’ first District 14-3A contest of the season. Things started off well for Millington only trailing 1-0 after one inning.
But in the second frame Bolton scored eight runs on Millington starter Rebecca Smart leading to a 17-0 Lady Wildcat victory.
“Rebecca wasn’t sharp today,” Millington Head Coach Rick Hearn acknowledged. “She pitched really well down in Houston yesterday. She only gave up three runs in four innings of work. Then I got her out of there getting her ready for this game.
“We have to remember she is pitching for the first time, she’s pitching anew this year,” he added. “Not making any excuses. She didn’t throw strikes today. And from Little League to the Majors, anywhere you don’t throw strikes you’re going to be in trouble.”
Millington’s trouble started with walks and pass ball giving the Lady Wildcats multiple base runners in the second inning. When the dust settled Bolton was ahead 9-0.
Lady Wildcat starter Lauren Ray kept the Millington bats in check from the point by pounding the strike zone leading to ground ball outs.
Hearn called on freshman Ally Hall to take over in the pitching circle. The freshman had a solid inning but one frame where Bolton scored several runs.
“Ally got in there and threw strikes,” Hearn noted. ‘She looked good. Even the inning she gave up runs, they were unearned because they were ground ball outs.
“We were looking at different things and different positions,” he added. “We haven’t got a chance to play a whole lot of girls because we’ve only played four ball games. But we’re going to work at it and try to development to get better.”
The good news for Millington, it got a chance to play different players at new positions against Bolton. But falling behind early did prove one setback for the Lady Trojans.
“A game like this, what hurts is when you get behind, it takes away your offense,” Hearn concluded. “You can’t slap or bunt. Lauren did a good job of just throwing strikes. And when you get a good lead that’s all you have to do. They’re a mature ball club and we’re not. We’ll be there one day.”