After having their first six contests canceled by Mother Nature, the St. Catharine Lady Patriots (0-2) were ready to take the field against the visiting Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers (2-0).
The Lady Patriots came into Tuesday’s home and season opener with the Grenadiers having high hopes for a much improved pitching staff, but soon had to face reality when the Grenadiers struck for three runs in the first inning of game one. “We have hammered away at our pitchers since August” said Head Coach Holly Smith. “To have an opening performance with nine runs is unacceptable.” Despite allowing eight earned runs, Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) fanned seven batters while only surrendering four walks in her six and two thirds on the mound. At the plate the Patriots were able to tally two runs off the long balls of Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) and Jessie Crouch (Lawrenceburg, Ky.), but were unable to overcome the offensive onslaught to fall 9-3 in game one.
In game two, the Grenadiers’ offense continued to dominate as they tacked on 11 runs in the first four innings of play. However, the Patriots’ offense responded with homeruns from Brandi Hood (Bardstown, Ky.) and Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) to cut the lead to five. Unfortunately for the Patriots, they were unable to convert with runners on second and third in the sixth inning to overcome their 12-7 deficit. “Our big hitters didn’t produce the way that we need them to today” said Smith. “We have to play better both offensively and defensively to give ourselves a chance to win against talented opponents like IU Southeast.”
The Patriots will take the field in their first conference matchup of the season Friday when the University of Pikeville come to the Salt River Electric field at 1 PM.