By Dennis Mills
The Barbourville Lady Tiger softball team suffered its fifth loss of the season, 7-0, to the Paris Lady Hounds last Wednesday.
Barbourville Head Coach Brandon Simpson said about his team, “We can’t seem to string any hits together, and we’re striking out at an alarming rate. While I feel like we have made some progress, we are not playing anywhere close to the level of which we are capable.”
Paris’ Gloria Ponce and Jazmyn Marks each hit off of Barbourville’s Taylor Logan to give the Hounds an early two run lead in the first inning.
Logan opened the first inning with an infield pop-up for the first out of the inning followed by a strike-out by Sophomore Lilyanna Smith. Shelbie Jones put the ball in play down the right field line for the Tigers first hit of the game but was stranded on base as the next batter struck out.
Paris continued to score by adding two more runs in the top of the third inning and a run in the sixth inning to push the score to 5-0. The Hounds added two final runs in the seventh inning.
Barbourville did manage five hits with Shelbie Jones reaching base in the first and sixth innings. The Tigers could only manage one inning with multiple hits and failed to score in a game for the first time in the 2015 season.
Coach Simpson was optimistic after the game saying that his team had made progress in some areas of the game. Simpson said, “We made progress in some areas, but our hitting is still not there. We’re going to keep working, though, to turn things around.”
Barbourville will be back on the field Apr. 13 when they travel to take on Williamsburg and then again on Apr. 14 against Red Bird.