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Softball beats Van- Far in EMO tournament

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Breanna Bixby slides into base as a Van-Far player makes the catch Saturday at the Montgomery County tournament. The girls beat Van-Far, 10-0.

The Bowling Green Lady Cats softball team competed in the EMO Tournament Saturday at Montgomery City.

They crushed Van-Far, 10-0, but fell to North Callaway 7-1 in six innings and also lost to Silex, 6-0.

Head coach Dean Streed said the girls started off the day strong, but after the Van-Far game, that they gave up competing.

“We folded under pressure with the bases loaded in the fifth, giving up six runs to put North Callaway up 7-1, which stayed the final.”

Bowling Green’s last two games of the tournament were disappointing, Streed said.

“I had said before that this team has a lot of character and has battled from behind, but the last two games did not show the type of team we were.  We lacked heart in the last two games, which is sad to say and the fact [is] that you can’t teach heart.  Overall, the last two games were a disappointment.  The tournament was in our hands and we did not compete and want to win.”

Streed hopes by the time districts come around on Wednesday that the girls will have developed a new attitude and a refusal to quit or lose.

Looking back on the season, Streed said that their record does not show the type of season they had.  Right now, the girls sit at 10-12.  Streed said that he knew that this year would be a rebuilding year, but thinks that the girls let some games slip through their fingers.  He thought it was worth mentioning that at least five losses came from bigger schools or schools that had won a state championship in the last year.

“The girls learned a lot more about the game of softball this year, learning different situational tendencies, developing defensive skills, and breaking down their swings,” Streed noted.  “As I look back, the girls now know what to expect from me in the future and hopefully understand we have work to do in the off season in order to get to where we want to be.”