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Lingle ties home run record Recordrecord

April 4, 2014

Senior Caitlin Lingle tied the home run record during this weekend’s losses to both North Central College and Lake Forest College. The Fighting Scots softball team looks to focus on the basics in practice and prepare mentally for its double header this weekend against Cornell College. The Scots will be working on communicating and energy going into this weekend.

The Scots faced off in double headers against North Central College at home on Saturday and Lake Forest College at home on Sunday. Coach John Goddard attributed the losses to a combination of offense and defense. “At this time we are not receiving timely and consistent hitting. Defensively we have one bad inning and are unable to answer,” Goddard said. Junior Taylor Smith said a lack of energy and errors led to a loss in the first game against North Central College Cardinals.

The Cardinals jumped ahead early on and made for a difficult comeback. “They were hitting the ball where we weren’t and we made errors and so they capitalized on our mistakes,” senior Sommer Foster said.

“The second game was a lot better, we had a lot more intensity and drive. We were doing what we needed to do we just came up short,” Smith said.

It was the opposite on Sunday against Lake Forest College. Lingle was proud of her team in the first game. “We gave it a good fight and we kept hitting until the end,” Lingle said. It just wasn’t enough to clinch a victory. She was disappointed with the outcome of the second game. “We needed work in all areas in that game,” Lingle said. “I think that we gave up and didn’t have a fire going,”

In practices this week, the team is going back to the basics. “We will take more batting practice concentrating on making contact with the ball. We will also discuss what contributes to the bad inning and try to eliminate it,” said Goddard.

“We need to work on the basics of hitting and fielding. And we also need to look deep down and realize how important this sport is to us,” Lingle said.

Smith echoed her thoughts. “We are working on having an attitude where we play to win rather than playing to not lose,” said Smith.

The Scots look for wins this weekend and will play Cornell College at home on Saturday. The Fighting Scots then hit the road Sunday to play in Decatur against Millikin University.

Erica Anderson
Contributing Writer

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