SEYMOUR — The Columbus North softball team fell to 0-6 at Seymour Tuesday night, but the Bull Dogs coach sees an improvement.
“They run-ruled us last year, but we’re getting better,” North coach Ron McDonald said following the 4-1 loss to the Owls. “We’re getting there, and we’re starting to put things together.”
The Bull Dogs plated their only run in the top of the sixth when Brittany Reichenba scored on a single by Sierra Norman. They had the bases loaded with two out, but Reichenba’s run was the only one they could come up with.
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“That was a struggle,” McDonald said.
Meghan Waggoner pitched six innings for North and gave up six hits, four runs, two earned runs, while walking seven and striking out five.
“She’s starting to cut down the walks,” McDonald said. “The two unearned runs really hurt.”
Things looked as though they were off to a good start when Reichenba led off the second with a single, but she was thrown out trying to reach second base. North didn’t get another hit until Brooke Rice singled in the third with two outs, but Reichenba grounded to third base.
McDonald said the lack of hitting from his team was because the team was not waiting for the right pitches.
“We weren’t patient enough at the plate,” he said.
North mustered only three hits and drew two walks. But With each game, the team has progressed, McDonald said.
“We look to win every game, but we’re at the point where I think we’re making progress,” he said. “I think come sectional time we will be tough.”
It seemed as though Seymour coach Jerry Burton noticed, as well.
“North has much improved,” Burton said. “They’re going to keep getting better and better and played a good ballgame tonight.”