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Ar­muchee and Coosa meet with a goal to get bet­ter.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Tommy Ro­manach Sports Writer TRo­manach@RN-T.com

Ar­muchee and Coosa soft­ball teams meet with a goal to get bet­ter.

Mak­ing progress is a sta­ple of a team’s drive through­out the reg­u­lar sea­son, es­pe­cially when it comes to match­ing up with a re­gion op­po­nent.

Two Re­gion 7-AA soft­ball teams in much dif­fer­ent po­si­tions a month into the sea­son met Tuesday in Ar­muchee look­ing for a chance to ei­ther climb in the stand­ings or get some trac­tion.

Ar­muchee scored 13 runs in the first in­ning and an RBI walk in the bot­tom of the third gave the Lady In­di­ans a 15-0 win against Coosa af­ter the game was called as part of the mercy rule. Coosa recorded just one hit while 24 Ar­muchee bat­ters reached base. Ar­muchee coach Shane Arp was proud that his team kept its fo­cus

against the Lady Ea­gles, de­spite their win­less record.

“This is Re­gion 7-AA, and any team can beat

an­other team on any day,” Arp said. “If you do not come in with the right mind­set, you are go­ing to be in for a dog­fight. And to­day we ap­proached the game the right way.”

Ar­muchee’s Sa­van­nah Poole had two sin­gles and two walks, with three runs scored and three RBIs. Erin Car­ney had a pair of sin­gles and two RBIs, while Kar­son Fallin reached base three times and scored a pair of runs.

The Lady In­di­ans (6-5, 4-2 7-AA) suf­fered a pair of losses to Adairsville on Monday evening, so Arp wanted his team to show re­solve. The cur­rent goal is to move for­ward and make less defensive mis­takes with each game played.

“Coming into to­day, I was hop­ing we could just bring the right men­tal­ity,” Arp said. “The girls did a great job of do­ing that. I chal­lenged them to clean up their game de­fen­sively and it paid off.”

Ar­muchee’s de­fense al­lowed just one base run­ner in its three in­nings in the field. Coosa’s Lainey Simms got a hit in the sec­ond at­bat of the game, and Ar­muchee’s Car­ney and Sarah Barnes re­tired the next eight bat­ters.

Coosa (0-7, 0-6) al­lowed 15 or more runs for the fourth time this sea­son. With an ex­tremely young team, coach Will Wiggins has worked to make rea­son­able goals for the team to achieve.

One of those came for Simms, who is in her first year as a pitcher. While of­fense was cer­tainly al­lowed, Wiggins

was im­pressed that bat­ters were forced to put the ball in play, as op­posed to just gath­er­ing up walks.

Wiggins was also im­pressed with how his bat­ters fouled off third strikes and got some balls beyond the in­field. He trusts his team can con­tinue to im­prove by work­ing on th­ese small, fun­da­men­tal as­pects.

“We are just try­ing to get more ag­gres­sive in ev­ery as­pect of the game,” Wiggins said. “We are set­ting lit­tle goals dur­ing prac­tice, and meet­ing those lit­tle goals are go­ing to turn into wins even­tu­ally.”

Ar­muchee plays again Thursday when it trav­els to Dade County while Coosa hosts Chat­tooga.

Tommy Ro­manach / Rome News-Tri­bune

Ar­muchee’s Sa­van­nah Poole swings at the ball dur­ing a Re­gion 7-AA game against Coosa on Tuesday at Ar­muchee.

Tommy Ro­manach / Rome News-Tri­bune

Coosa’s Lainey Simms de­liv­ers to the plate dur­ing Tuesday’s Re­gion 7-AA game against Ar­muchee.

Tommy Ro­manach / Rome News-Tri­bune

Coosa coach Will Wiggins (cen­ter) talks to his team fol­low­ing a Re­gion 7-AA game against Ar­muchee on Tuesday at Ar­muchee High School.

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