After Columbus East was routed 21-2 in the second game of Saturday’s double-header against Roncalli, East coach Sonny Stahl was understandably frustrated.
His team has lost the first game, 21-8, as well.
“We did not show up to play today,” Stahl said. “I think this is the worst we played all season. We didn’t hit the ball well, with the exception of the home runs in the first game. Overall, it was just inconsistency at the plate all afternoon at the plate.
“When we did get off some hits, there was no one on base to score runs.”
East obviously struggled on defense as well.
“We walked too many batters and our defense made too many errors,” Stahl said. “You don’t win games when you make those kind of mistakes.”
The Olympians knew their coach was right.
“We just were not focused mentally or physically today,” said East freshman Kaitlin Wagner, who finished with a double and a run scored in the second game. “We made mistakes we normally don’t commit. At the plate, we watched the ball and struck out way too many times today.”
Roncalli coach David Lauck was at the other end of the spectrum.
“I was pleased with how our girls handled themselves,” Lauck said. “Our pitching was outstanding, and we didn’t make mistakes defensively. We put the ball in play and when you put pressure against the other team to make a play, good things can happen.”
After two innings of the second game, it appeared that East was going to come back strong. Roncalli picked up a run in the top of the second, but the Olympians answered with a double by Wagner and Blake Thompson’s RBI single.
However, Roncalli broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth inning off East pitcher Erin Tharp.
Hayley Smalley drove in East’s only other run with an RBI single in the fifth to send home Tharp.
“I told the girls after the game we need to start communicating better to develop a level of consistency,” Stahl said. “I have to make sure we stay better focused throughout the game.”
Now it’s back to work for the Olympians.
“Coach told us after the game to come better prepared and more focused on our next game on Monday,” Wagner said.