Ladywaves kick off season opener strong




RICH FAIRMAN

Sports Reporter


The Meade County High School Ladywave Softball team kicked off their season with a home opener at Meade Olin against the Corydon Central Panthers on March 29. After a year off due to losing last season to COVID, the team has been biting at the bit to get back on the field. Senior pitcher, Mary Morgan, stepped into the circle for Meade and held nothing back in her first outing of the season. Morgan began the game by making a statement with her arm, and with her bat. Meade got on the board quickly with their aggressiveness at the plate. Sophomore Rylee Webb started the inning off with a line drive to center, followed by senior Makayla Bloomfield with a hard grounder to left field. Morgan put Meade on the board with a three-run shot that cleared the left field fence for her first homerun of the season.

“I think that we were better prepared to play today than we were in our scrimmage Saturday,” Morgan said of the teams quick start. “It seemed as though our effort was there Saturday, but our attitude wasn’t, and today we came out feeling much better, and you could see that on the field. We were aggressive in the first inning then we just seemed to cruise.We can’t do that. We need to stay aggressive the entire game. This was a good way to start the game, and hopefully we can keep it going and continue to improve throughout the season.”

Meade finished out the first scoring one more run taking a 4-0 lead over Corydon, but then seemed to have problems connecting with the ball at the plate. Morgan, and the rest of the team played solid defense not allowing Corydon to get a runner into scoring position until the top of the fifth when a Corydon batter smacked a double off the left field fence. Morgan then gave up a home run to the next batter allowing Corydon to cut Meade’s lead in half. Meade was able to get out of the inning without allowing another runner across the plate.

“I think that our scrimmage against Greenwood was a little humbling. It showed us that we cannot think that just because we show up that we can win,” Head Coach Penny Reece said of the teams quick start, “But to come out today and play like we did against a good solid ball club shows that the girls can play when their heads are in the game. That first inning is what we need, the top of my lineup is capable of causing some damage, and that’s what they’re doing.”

Meade came back in the bottom of the fifth to add one more run spreading their lead to three over Corydon, which is the way the game would end giving Meade their first win of the season.

Reese said after the game that she is pleased with the way the girls played today, but that they need to be more aggressive.

“With the type of schedule that I have put together this year, we are not going to be able to just cruise after we get a lead. With the teams we play this season we are going to need to be aggressive at the plate each time we step in the box.”

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