The Maryville softball team is still dealing with the struggles of COVID-19, as the Spoofhounds took a 9-6 loss in seven innings in their first conference matchup against Cameron Sept. 7.
Maryville’s coach Chandra DeMott and company found themselves in familiar territory heading into the first conference matchup against Cameron, as they had multiple girls out due to quarantine.
“We kind of did the Cuban shuffle all night,” DeMott said, “We got a few girls out tonight, one being our starting catcher, so we had a lot of adjustments and a lot of adjustments on the fly.”
With all the adjustments being made, the Spoofhounds found themselves down 6-1 heading into the bottom of the third, mostly due to big hits from Cameron juniors Maddison Jessen and Reygan Clark.
The Spoofhounds (1-3) found their groove in the bottom of the third with a 2-RBI double from junior Abby Swink, and an error on junior Clara Viau’s hit scored Swink from third to put the Spoofhounds down 6-4.
The ’Hounds scored two more in the bottom of the fourth off an error by Clark.
The groove gradually faded away, as the Spoofhounds went scoreless for the remainder of the game. Sophomore pitcher Ella Schulte noticed the groove and knew it’s something they needed to focus on.
“We need to get into that groove and stick with it,” Schulte said. “We need to keep going with it, because tonight we got into a grove, and then kind of lost it.”
The Dragons (1-1) pushed in front during the top of the seventh with an RBI double to center field from junior Carissa Oxford, an RBI ground-rule double from senior Marlehe Williams and a pass ball that brought Williams home.
Despite the tough loss, DeMott was happy with where the offense is at, but knows where they need to work and what they are missing.
“Our offense is actually right where I want it to be right now,” DeMott said, “Our girls are looking pretty good, and like I said, we are missing a key component to that. We are missing our four hole hitter … so there is a lot on their mental plate right now, so we are going to work on that for the next couple of weeks.”
Overall, Schulte was impressed with how her teammates played and understood that the nerves were high with their first conference game.
“Everyone was a little nervous coming into this game, with it being our first conference game and having so many young starters on the field,” Schulte said. “I think we did pretty good.”
The Spoofhounds will be looking to put this performance behind them, though, as they’ll get a shot at redemption when they travel to St. Joseph for a conference matchup with Lafayette Sept. 9.