One to forget
An East Rutherford softball team expected to be an offensive juggernaut was anything but Wednesday night as St. Stephens blasted the Lady Cavs 13-0, holding them to just three hits.
"We just didn't bring bats today," East head coach Jamie Powell said after the game.
Two of the Cavs three hits came from their first two batters of the game.
Raven Gray and Savannah Davis led off the first with singles and Emily Dotson was hit by a pitch before St. Stephens pitcher Katie Baker struck out the next three batters to avoid any damage.
The second inning was when the wheels fell off for East Rutherford pitcher Klinnin Carson. The Lady Indians sent five batters to the plate before Carson recorded an out.
Erika Spencer started the rally with a two-run single followed by a two-run double from Molli Huffman three batters later after St. Stephens reloaded the bases. Baker got into the act with an RBI single and the Indians tacked on an unearned run before the inning ended with the Cavs trailing 6-0.
Baker struck out the side in the second and St. Stephens added runs in the third and fourth inning to go up 8-0 while Dotson recorded the only other Cavalier hit in the third inning.
St. Stephens put five more runs on the board in the top half of the fifth inning for a commanding 13-0 lead and the Cavaliers failed to extend the game in the bottom half of the frame to end the game short.
"We have to leave here and bounce back,"Powell told her team after the loss. "We have three conference games in a row now and we have to leave this loss here. We'll just stew over it tonight."
East Rutherford's lackluster day ended with 10 strikeouts and 11 errors.
"Their pitcher is good but we've seen that already a couple times this year," Powell said. "If you don't hit and don't have your focus and intensity, you're going to have a hard time with a team like [St. Stephens]."
East returns to action today against SMAC opponent Burns at 4:30 p.m.
"Of course we want to win every game but thankfully this was an out-of-conference game," Powell said. "A lot of the positive things we've seen in the past couple weeks I didn't see today. I didn't have my leadership, we were not intense and we were not focused."