As the Columbus East softball team struggles to make positive strides, it certainly hasn’t reached its goal of consistency.
The Olympians’ offense was lethargic in an 8-1 loss to visiting Shelbyville on Friday, and the defense wasn’t much better.
That performance came a day after Columbus East scored 15 runs and had 18 hits in a win against Seymour.
“We were lackadaisical and we went through the motions,” said East coach Sonny Stahl. “We were so focused against Seymour. We could have beaten anyone that night.”
Golden Bears pitcher Hannah File had little trouble with the Olympians, allowing just four hits and the one run in the sixth inning.
File didn’t even allow a hit in the sixth. East’s Erin Tharp reached on an error, stole second, went to third on Elyse Babb’s fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch.
Although the Olympians had only one error, they didn’t exactly shine in the field, either.
That was too bad considering that East sophomore Hayley Smalley was tossing a pretty good game.
Smalley worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning and threw a scoreless second inning as well.
With one out in the top of the third, the Golden Bears picked up back-to-back singles by Kaye Brokering and Abey Bass on hits that both could have been fielded.
Smalley then complicated her situation by failing to get an out on a ball hit right back to her. The bases were loaded with one out.
Smalley then induced another come-backer and forced the runner at home.
With two outs, Shelbyville’s Bree Elrod made her pay the price with a two-run single to center. Elrod had two strikes on her, and she simply poked at a pitch and lofted it into center.
A walk and an East error led to two more runs in the fourth.
Shelbyville put the game away with four runs in the fifth, the first coming on Elrod apparently foul ball that was lined down the third base line to the left of the bag. It was called fair, though, and East’s woes continued.
“I am not going to blame anything on a call,” Stahl said. “You have to dig deep. You can’t let one play get to you.”
East is now 3-10, while Shelbyville improved its record to 8-3.