By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
TURBOTVILLE -- Looking at a one-run game, Warrior Run coach Garth Watson knew his team had the ability to rally back and get the job done. His seniors, in particular, had done it in the past.
But for the Defenders things just seemed to not go their way Tuesday.
One error after another and missed opportunities started to snowball and, by day's end, Warrior Run went from trailing by one run after two innings to suffering a 13-1 rout in a lopsided loss to Central Columbia in a Heartland Athletic Conference-Division II matchup.
Unfortunately for the Defenders, it wasn't an April Fool's Day joke.
"If you're playing basketball, you put pressure on the offense. You press," said longtime Central Columbia coach Duane Ford, who picked up his 749th career win. "If you're playing softball and defense has the ball, you got to put pressure on the defense. Got to do things offensively to create situations."
Creating those situations is what Central Columbia (2-0, 2-0 HAC-II) did by taking advantage of seven Warrior Run (1-2, 1-2) errors. The Blue Jays plated three runs in the fourth and fifth innings before batting around the order in the sixth to score five more runs.
"It went real south in a hurry. It was just a snowball effect. Some girls you think 'Oh, man' (because) you're not used to seeing them commit errors. We committed some (Tuesday)," Watson said. "We dropped some fly balls (and) we left a couple balls drop between us, but it's just a lack of communication."
Emily McCracken came up huge for the Blue Jays with a perfect shot down the left-field line to bring in two runs before Marissa Shelhamer just beat out a throw on a grounder to bring McCracken home for a 5-1 lead.