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Armuchee and Coosa meet with a goal to get better.
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.
Armuchee’s Savannah Poole swings at the ball during a Region 7-AA game against Coosa on Tuesday at Armuchee.
Coosa’s Lainey Simms delivers to the plate during Tuesday’s Region 7-AA game against Armuchee.
Coosa coach Will Wiggins (center) talks to his team following a Region 7-AA game against Armuchee on Tuesday at Armuchee High School.