The Hinton Blackhawks' softball team continues to be anemic at the plate, collecting only a single hit in a 13-1, three inning loss at home versus West Sioux, Wednesday, June 4.
The loss dropped Hinton to 0-2 and the Blackhawks have only five hits and two runs on the young season.
Hinton started the game on the right track as lead-off hitter Tara Christensen reached on an error by West Sioux and Stephanie Sherwood walked. With two on, Jill Lacey hit a sacrifice fly to move the base-runners over and Christensen came home on a Falcon throwing error on the play to plate the Blackhawks' only run of the game.
The Falcons broke through in the second with eight runs and followed those up with five more in the third to put Hinton away.
Christensen tallied the only Hinton hit on the night and Lacey was credited the single RBI on the sacrifice.
Lacey admits that the team has growing to do on both sides of the ball, but credits West Sioux with a good game.
"I have to give them credit for what they did," said Lacey. "They executed a lot of bunts, sandwiched around walks, in addition to some hits."
Colleen Gerow struggled from the mound for the second game in a row, allowing eight earned runs in three innings. However, Lacey is confident that Gerow can turn it around and become the kind of pitcher they need.
"With more experience at the varsity level, I think she will grow into an effective pitcher," said Lacey. "She's a control pitcher, so once she gets confidence in her selection of pitches she'll get better. Right now, she doesn't have control of all her pitches."
Hinton will look to get on track at home versus Akron-Westfield, Thursday, June 4, before heading to Sioux City West for the Early Bird Tournament June 6 and 7.