By VAN HOLLAND
PINETOPS – The SouthWest Edgecombe Lady Cougars hit a brick wall Tuesday when they hosted the defending state 2-A champion Beddingfield Lady Bruins. The Bruins have picked back up where they left off last year and are routing teams. Things didn't go so well for the Cougars as they were defeated 18-0 in three innings.
"We knew they were the defending state champs and knew we were still a young team and it showed," Cougars coach Shelton Langley said. "At times during the game we looked good regardless of the score."
Bruins pitcher Brooke Jones allowed only three base runners through the three innings of action. She struck out six and walked just one and allowed two hits.
The two hits the Cougars got were off the bat of senior Dawson Gould. She doubled and singled.
Freshman Sydney Gould took the loss for the Cougars. She threw two plus innings, giving up 10 runs on six hits and walked five.
"Sydney threw the ball well for us today," Langley said. "We let our pitcher down early by making some errors behind her."
The Cougars committed two errors in the first inning after two walks to start the game. The errors came back to haunt the Cougars, because that allowed the Bruins to extend the inning and score five runs after sending 10 batters to the plate.
The Bruins added two more in the second after the Cougars committed two more errors.
The game was blown wide open in the third inning when Beddingfield sent 17 batters to the plate, where they were able to score 11 runs off of seven hits.
Langley took Sydney Gould out in the third after she walked two batters to start the inning and gave up back to back hits before walking her third batter of the inning. He replaced Sydney Gould with Logan Baker, who is a freshman that hadn't pitched all season until this game.
Baker finished out the inning, giving up eight runs on six hits while walked two.
"We have to start making the routine plays," Langley said. "It will help cut down on some extra pitches that our pitchers are having throwing."
Langley said his team has to start hitting the ball better then what they are doing, because they haven't been able to move runners over like he wants to, because they are unable to get timely hits.
Langley said he has seen improvement in his young team this season and hopes they continue to improve throughout the season.
"Regardless of the errors today defensively we have improved a lot," Langley said. "We are not looking as young on the field by making mistakes as we did two or three weeks ago but there is still room for improvement. We have been game battle tested now and we are learning what we need to do in certain situations."
Langley believes his team will come to form and be ready to compete.
The Cougars are back in action Thursday when they travel to play Tarboro at 7 p.m.