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April 20, 2012

PREP SOFTBALL: Redskins struggle at plate in home loss to Knights

GOSHEN — First-year Goshen softball coach Cassie McCormack is starting to see improvement from her young team.

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, there wasn’t quite enough of that improvement to add up to a victory, as East Noble defeated the Redskins, 3-1 at Shanklin Park.

“We’re getting better defensively,” McCormack said. “We’re more competitive. Now we need to get out bats going.”

The Redskins (1-12) earned three straight walks in the first inning against East Noble starter MacKenzie Williams. But a promising inning ended up with no runs on the board as Williams picked off a Goshen runner, then got a pair of groundouts to short-circuit the budding Redskin rally.

Williams said she was able to settle down after the first-inning walks through some positive self-talk.

“I have to tell myself that the team is counting on me,” Williams said.

That apparently worked wonders, as Williams did not give up a Goshen hit until the fifth inning. She ended up stiking out six.

The Knights got a run in the top of the first, one in the third and their final run in the top of the fourth,

Goshen began to come to life in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out, Taylor Caouette reached on an error.

Lacee Mulcahey reached on an infield single.   Emily Mullet singled, scoring Caouette.

The Redkins looked to be in great shape, with the tying run at first and potential winning run at the plate with just one out.

But Brooke Miller hit a hot smash that Williams stabbed and returned to first for a double play to get out of the inning.

East Noble coach Marissa Troyer said she wasn’t completely pleased with her team’s offensive production — but it was good enough to win on this night.

“MacKenzie was able to keep them off balance, and we got some key hits when we needed them,” Troyer said.

East Noble improved to 6-3, wrapping up its nonconference schedule.

The Knights open NHC play next week.

The Redskins return to action tonight when they resume NLC play on the road at Elkhart Memorial.

First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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