GPS hobbles Lady ’Stangs

By RICHARD ROBERTS richard.roberts@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 4/21/17

If the Lady Mustangs are going to make a move to finish the softball season in a big way, the time has come.

Walker Valley produced only two hits in a 7-2 loss to Girls Preparatory School Thursday …

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GPS hobbles Lady ’Stangs

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If the Lady Mustangs are going to make a move to finish the softball season in a big way, the time has come.

Walker Valley produced only two hits in a 7-2 loss to Girls Preparatory School Thursday at Larry Haney Field, leaving the Lady Mustangs' coaching staff scratching its head in an attempt to find a way to motivate the team for the final drive.

Walker Valley got no help from a pair of Bruiser hurlers who kept the Lady Mustangs guessing for seven innings.

“I think every game you have to come out with fire. We have to learn that as a team. We're starting four freshmen who have not completed a high school season. It's a lot different than middle school,” said Lady Mustang coach Lauren Limburg who will be without the production of Abby Davis, who is sidelined for the rest of the season with a leg injury, and is down to just 11 players.

“It's every game, it doesn't matter who the opponent is, we have to play our best ball. We have to come out with the focus, fight, drive and determination to succeed. That's what separates the good teams from the great teams. If you want to be a great team you have to bring it every game.”

Seniors Ali King and Sydney Ventura produced the only hits for the Lady Mustangs (17-11) in the third and seventh innings respectively.

Walker Valley scored twice in the bottom of the fifth without the benefit of a hit loading the bases on two walks and a catcher's interference. Riley Suits got an RBI the easy way, working GPS pitching for the third walk of the inning. Laney Harris made it 4-2 racing home on a ground ball to second.

The Bruisers (15-5) scored all the runs they needed in the top of the first on back-to-back home runs by catcher Haley Smith and winning pitcher Hannah Kincer that produced three runs. GPS added one more in the third and three more in the seventh with a bases loaded double to make it a 7-2 final.

“It stems from pitch selection and having a plan when you go to the plate. But their pitchers are excellent. I think we watched some balls we should have hit and tried to swing at some balls that we shouldn't have. Pitch selection. We are learning every day. That's one of the things we need to continue to work on,” said Lauren Limburg.

The Lady Mustangs will take the weekend to find the fire and return to action Monday in a District 5-AAA matchup on the road against Cleveland. Limburg said she is confident her girls will finish strong.

“We're 17-11 and I feel the games we have lost have been to great teams. We've done some really good things and I'm excited about our future and the rest of the season. It boils down to bringing the fight and the fire every game,” she said.

“We have two weeks and the district tournament. I'm really proud of the girls. I thought they played solid defensively. You have to tip your hat to GPS. They have some great hitters and their pitchers were bringing the heat. We want to learn from this loss and hopefully come out ready Monday against Cleveland.”

BRUISERS 7, LADY MUSTANGS 2

GPS3010003 — 7 13 1

Walker Valley0000200 — 2 2 0

WP: Hannah Kincer LP: Dani Sowder HR: Haley Smith, Kincer (G). 2B: Arianna Whatley (G). Records: GPS 15-5; Walker Valley 17-11.

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