The start of the Lady Topper softball team’s 2010 season did not go as planned.
Western (0-1) fell 3-0 to Lipscomb (1-0) in the opening game of the South Alabama Mardi Gras Tournament in Mobile, Ala.
“I think we had those first game jitters,” Head Coach Tyra Perry said. “We hit with Lipscomb, just made play errors.”
Starting freshman pitcher Kim Wagner said she experienced those jitters when she hit the first Lipscomb batter of the game, placing a runner on first base. The runner advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt, then to third off a ground out and scored after a single to left field.
“I was really glad to just get the ball, especially with it being our first game,” Wagner said. “Warming up I wasn’t nervous at all, but once it was game time I started feeling the nerves.”
In the fourth inning, Lipscomb went up 2-0 off a single up the middle due to a Lady Topper fielding error. Later in the seventh inning, Lipscomb’s second batter got on base after another Western fielding error and scored.
Lipscomb posted four hits in the seven-inning game.
The Lady Toppers matched Lipscomb in hits, including two by senior Lindsay Antone. Seniors Jamie Hennis and Shannon Smith also recorded hits for Western.
“It wasn’t an ideal start to the season, but we now know what we need to work on,” Smith said. “Our pitching was good, but we made too many defensive errors.”
The Lady Toppers continue play in the second leg of the tournament at 2 p.m. CT Saturday, when Perry said Western will look for a different result.
“They are going to come out better prepared for the next game,” Perry said. “We’ve got to gain more senior leadership. We are just a little shaky out there and I think once those guys start playing the way they are capable of, we will be alright.”