HOWARD — Maybe it was their fourth game in five days. Maybe they had to hurry to beat the incoming storms. Maybe it was just an off night.
Whatever the case, the East Knox Bulldogs couldn’t keep their winning streak alive on Friday, falling to the West Holmes Knights, 6-3, in nonconference softball action.
East Knox (2-2) had made a living on jumping out to early leads and holding on to them. This time, it was the Knights which grabbed the lead.
“We like to jump out ahead and gain control,” said East Knox head coach Danielle McKown. “We’re a young team. We have lots of new faces. We had a tough time in the middle of the game. We have a tough time getting over that mental hump.”
Courtney Cole, who had pitched a complete game on Wednesday, then four innings in East Knox’s victory Thursday at Coshocton, could not get control early.
“Four games in a week,” said McKown. “She pitched every inning, so she’s probably a little bit tired.”
Stormi Morris came in to score in the second inning following an Alys Shoemaker triple. Shoemaker scored on a Cassie Thomas single. Then, Makayla Patterson scored on a Maddie Wolfe sacrifice fly.
The early deficit rattled the Bulldogs, who lost concentration on the field. Four times in the second and third innings, batters who advanced to first immediately went to second before any East Knox fielder could react. By the end of the third, the Bulldogs had given up six runs.
But don’t blame Cole, who took the loss on the mound. There were plenty of things that went wrong for the Bulldogs Friday.