Tricounty News

7th-grade softball wrapup

The seventh-grade softball team finished their season with a hard-fought game at home against Howard Lake Tuesday, May 20. Both teams had scoring runs that would take the game to a sixth inning. The Cubs were able to build a lead of 11-4 going into the fifth inning, but the Lakers were able to match the score with a big inning of their own tieing the game at 11 before the Cubs were able to come up with the third out of the inning. The Cubs were not able to score in the bottom of the fifth inning, which forced the extra inning of play. The Lakers were able to post two more runs in the top of the sixth inning before getting their third out. The Cubs then came up to bat. They quickly scored one run, but also got an out in the effort. They then loaded the bases, but were not able to score before getting out numbers two and three to end the game and finish one run short 12-13. The Cubs ended their season at 2-7, but were really starting to come together as a group and learning to play to each other's strengths. I am really proud of this team. They have been working hard at practice and playing great down the stretch. We had five different pitchers working in the last game and each did a super job. I look forward to seeing them pitch next season, as I do every year, to see the speed and accuracy increase as they take their pitching to the next level. We also had girls that really found strength defensively in all positions that made for a great team effort. Out fielders were making catches and good decisions and the infield was growing more confident and aggressive with each play and throw. Offensively, we were getting the bat around quicker and with more power and confidence. The teams' speed on the bases was evident, with girls stealing confidently every chance they got. I would like to thank the parents and fans for their support at our games. It takes a lot of effort on the part of everyone to be successful. Go Cubs! Barry Strand, coach