Following a 7-4 Batavia victory over Pembroke, both coaches for the girls softball teams said they see things to build on that could carry them into sectional play.
"We need to be more consistent," said Pembroke's Ron Funke. "We're a good hitting team, but we to do the little things. The mental mistakes are hurting us right now."
The Lady Dragons are 3-4 so far this year and Funke said that now that the weather should improve and the girls play together more, those little mistakes will get ironed out.
"The more games we get in, the more consistent we'll become," Funke said.
For Burt Howell, head coach for Batavia, he saw a pitcher today, and his hitters who are starting to put things together.
"When you see them go from practice to game and get some of the skills in it makes you think they're going to get better fast," Howell said.
Kim Walsh threw hard today and Howell thinks that was the big difference in the game.
"She controlled the game from the circle," Howell said. "If she she pitches like that on a daily basis, there isn't anybody we don't think we can't beat. We need the youngsters to make plays behind her, but when she throws like that the girls are in the game and we start to actually make plays."
Among the younger players who stepped up their performance today was Hannah Bowen, who went 2-4 and his hitting .667 so far this season. She's in eighth grade. She also had three RBI on two doubles.
Walsh also went 2-4, including a monster double that would have cleared any fence in a typical softball field if there was one at the Batavia field.
Pembroke had 10 hits, led by Deanna Perry, who went 2-3, and Danni Dellapenta, who was 2-4 with two doubles, and Bre Johnson, who had a triple.
Howell praised Perry saying that she proved she could turn on Walsh's fastball, so they had to change speeds on her.
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