The Mountaineers fastpitch team had trouble keeping up with Adna in a 13-0 loss Tuesday, April 9, in an away game.
“It was a rough night,” Rainier coach Kyle Greenwood said. “We started hot in the first game of our double header. Throws were like darts, our fielding sublime, and it looked like we were going to hang in there and show off the real us.”
However, the girls had trouble getting their bats going consistently, ousting themselves from a situation where they could give themselves a chance at some momentum, Greenwood said.
As it stands, Adna had a massive second inning, with seven runs, followed by the third inning with five.
“Some uncharacteristic errors and mental mistakes really cost us,” he said. “We need to learn from this and grow as individuals and as a team to put a stop to extending innings and make the play that keeps an inning at one run instead of the seven.
One bright spot for Rainier was a single by Olivia Watts in the fourth inning.
Greenwood said that playing to the best of each player’s potential comes with experience, time and a lot of practice, adding that Adna is one of the best in the league and was able to show the girls just what it takes to make it to the next level.
“Speaking with the players afterward they are a real self-reflecting group that knows they can do better,” he said. “They know they play better than the scoreline suggests (because) they have watched themselves do it both in games as well as practice.”
Skye Snow led things off in the circle for Adna. She surrendered zero runs on one hit over four innings, striking out four and walking zero.
While Kassie Simpson pitched four innings, allowing 12 hits and 13 runs, Greenwood said he was still impressed with what she brought to the mound, and singled out a few other girls for their performance as well.
“Our pitching from Kassie Simpson and Bailey Elwell was excellent yet again,” he said. “Olivia Watts and Samantha Stang had some lively at bats tonight. We also saw some huge growth in some of our girls getting their first ever at bats and starts which was great to see.”
Watts and Sami Stang all had one hit to lead Rainier Mountaineers Varsity.
Adna collected 12 hits. Olivia Rodriguez, Snow, Haley Rainey, and Ema Eko each collected multiple hits for Adna.
The second game of the double headers went just as poorly for Rainier, with a score of 15-0 in Adna’s favor, but Greenwood said that doesn’t mean the girls can’t use this experience as a springboard for future success.
“The girls saw what it looks like to be where they can be if they stick with it and really put in the reps to dial in and propel the abilities,” he said. “I am very lucky to have such an awesome group and we are definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.”
Reporting contributed by GameChanger Media and Narrative Science