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Rough losses help Lady Pels improve mentally

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

Last week, their final week before district games began, the Lady Pels softball team suffered two rough losses.

Monday at St. Michael, Port Allen lost 0-10 in a game cut short by the 10-run rule.

St. Michael scored four runs in just one inning, and four more in another.

“It was a 10-run rule game,” said Port Allen Head Softball Coach Alisha Butler. “It was the quickest game we’ve played all season. We didn’t get on base until the third inning, and at that point, it was really hard to play catch-up. By the time we started making contact with the ball, it was almost too late to start scoring. We just let them take advantage of the situation.”

In spite of the loss, Coach Butler said that she was impressed with freshman pitcher Kailee Arnold’s performance.

“She pitched very well,” said Butler.

Wednesday at Livonia, the Lady Pels found themselves in familiar territory, as they again lost 0-10.

With Butler absent due to illness, several stepped up to fill her shoes, as softball mom, Misty Daigle, and head football coach, Guy Blanchard, found there way to the softball bench to fill in as coaches.

“I appreciate the volunteers for helping out in my absence,” said Butler. “The girls did do better than they did the last time they played Livonia. They made some corrections, but they were upset about the loss because they knew they could’ve played better. It still wasn’t nearly as bad as last time. The team was a little disappointed about the St. Michael game too, but they realized if they had played their best, it could have been a close game.”

Butler said that she is proud of her young team, saying that they are improving mentally, simply by recognizing their mistakes and doing what they can to fix the issues.

“The girls recognize their mistakes,” said Butler. “They’re easily fixed. We just have to work on turning our weaknesses into strengths. Our batting is improving, and the girls are starting to hit very well. Everyone in our lineup made contact with the ball.”

Port Allen’s Lady Pels face Family Christian Academy Tuesday at home at 5 p.m. The team’s first district game of the season will be Thursday against Parkview Baptist at home at 5 p.m.

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