SPARTA — It ended too early for the Highland Scots.
The softball team, which earned a No. 5 seed in the Central District Division III tournament, fell in the sectional finals Wednesday to Fairbanks, 6-0.
The Scots’ only had three hits in the game. Fairbanks pitcher Sarah Grunert mixed her pitches well — she’s known for a super changeup — but Highland head coach Tressa Ragor thought her team figured her out.
“We timed (Grunert) up and everything,” Ragor said. “We just didn’t have good contact points. We popped a lot up today. And we were hitting to players rather than into gaps.”
Highland’s batters tried everything. They tried jumping on the first good pitch. They tried working the count. They tried bunting. Fairbanks’ defenders were always there to make a play. The Scots were never able to get a runner past second in the entire game.