The Gators squandered a solid effort on the mound by Baylee Howard, who allowed only three hits, while striking out four over seven innings of work. The issue with the Gators during their recent string of one run losses has been mental mistakes, and the inability to bring home runners in scoring position.
Monday it was much of the same as Gator miscues led to both Trinity runs, and once again Bulloch Academy runners were left in scoring position.
“I think it is so tough on these girls to give all they have, and still end up on the losing end of these one run games,” said Bulloch Academy coach Kyle Chambers. “We aren’t getting blown out, it just seems like we can’t make the plays when we need to make the plays.”
The Crusaders scored their first run in the third off of two Gator errors, and then added a second run in the sixth off an infield hit, an error, and a double steal to make it 2-0.
The Gators were unable to capitalize in the second after back to back singles by J.B. Marsh and Allie Beth Pressley, and then in the fourth catcher Regan Ellis led off with a triple in the gap, and was stranded on third, as the Gators were unable to bring her home.
“We are trying to be more aggressive ,” Chambers said. “But it seems like some of the decisions I have made haven’t been the right decisions in hindsight. I still feel like we can turn it around though.”
Bulloch Academy did rally for a run in the bottom of the sixth. Leah Williford doubled to left center, she would advance to third on a single by Ellis, and then came in to score on a sacrifice fly to left by Hartlee Faircloth.
That’s as close at things would get, as the Gators went down in order in the seventh.
Even with an 0-4 record Bulloch Academy still has a chance to host a state playoff game, as they wrap up their region schedule with a doubleheader at Pinewood Tuesday. A sweep would give the Gators the number two seed in the state tournament. A loss to the Patriots would give the number two seed to Pinewood.
“We really need to make sure we come out tomorrow hitting the ball,” Chambers said. “We are coming out with a playoff type mentality, if we have to move people around, or make a pitching change we are going to do it. We know what we are going to face as far as pitching, and hopefully our gamelan will work.”
Bulloch Academy and Pinewood will play a doubleheader in Bellville, with game one getting underway at 5 p.m.