Cyclones get dismantled by Trojans at home
The Atlantic Trojan offense scored 12 runs in the top of the 3rd inning, winning their 7th game of the season and handing the Cyclones their 11th loss in 12 games.
Cyclone Senior Jenna Gessert got the ball to start the night. She pitched two scoreless innings, but struggled in the top of the 3rd, only able to collect one out before eighth grader Camryn Goshorn took over.
“Jenna was spot on the first two innings,” said Cyclones Head Coach Brandi Eckles. “She did a really good job. She learned how to throw a screwball in one lesson. About midway into the third inning, she was kind of breaking down a little bit.”
The Cyclone offense was able to come away with four hits on the night, including Teya Frohlich, Lilyana Albertsen, Haylee Ernst and a double from Taylor Heese.
Despite not scoring any runs, Eckles is pleased with improved batting averages and the girls taking better swings at the plate.
“Our batting averages are coming up by quite a bit,” she said. “We are on the ball and still trying to keep our nose in and see that ball hit the bat, but we are doing so much better in our at bats.”
The Cyclones with this loss fall to 1-11 on the season. With many games remaining, Eckles is preaching patience and confidence knowing they could turn their season around.
“We just need to keep better body language,” she added. “Once we make an error, they tend to start slumping down. We keep preaching at them that you need to forget about that last error and get the next batter.”
The Cyclones won’t have much time to rest before their next game Wednesday night on the road against the 2-12 Underwood Eagles. They have not won a game since a May 25 victory over Missouri Valley on the road, 14-13.
The Eagles are led by Claire Cook with 23 hits and 19 runs batted in. In pitching, they are led by Grace Pierce with one win and Alissa Fischer with 11 strikeouts.
“We’re coming in for a short little practice before we head to Underwood since our game is not until 7:00,” Eckles said. “We’ll get everybody in tip top shape and move on."