St. Thomas More’s softball team waited until the seventh inning to provide the glimmer of hope coach Andria Waguespack had been looking for.
By then, it was too late.
“When you come out against a great team you, want to match that aggressiveness and that competitiveness,” Waguespack said. “We just didn’t do it in any phase of the game. They were a much better team than we were. It’s a little disappointing. We were flat. They were more aggressive with their play than we were.”
Waguespack’s review came after watching Parkview Baptist jump out to an early two-run lead, collect 12 hits off losing pitcher Whitney Romero and hand the Lady Cougars a 8-2 setback Monday in a game played at Parkview.
STM (8-6) doesn’t have much time to lament its shortcomings with a pair of upcoming District 4-4A games, hosting Northside on Tuesday and traveling to Beau Chene on Thursday.
“Obviously, we have some work to do,” Waguespack said. “We better find it quick because there’s only about three weeks left of the season.”
Parkview (15-5) scored twice on three hits in the bottom of the first and extended its lead to 5-0 with three runs on four hits in the fourth.
LSU signee Nicky Dawson triggered that attack with a 3-for-3 performance and 3 RBIs, while Lexie Dautel (2-3) and ninth-place hitter Nicole Simmons (1-2) each drove in a pair of runs.
“They’re hitting .400 and also have a lot of strikeouts, but that tells me they’re extremely aggressive,” Waguespack said. “You throw that ball over the white (plate), and they’re going to hammer it. You’ve got to be able to make basic plays on defense, and we struggled with that also.”
STM committed a pair of fielding errors, both of which resulted in runs.
The Lady Cougars didn’t get their first hit off winning pitcher Taylor Spencer until the top of the third.
Shortstop Logan Acosta registered the first of her three hits in the third, a one-out single, and STM went on to load the bases when Romero (2-4) singled and catcher Bailey Hemphill loaded the bases on a four-pitch walk.
However, Spencer got Courtney Bourque to bounce back to the circle, ending the threat.
After Parkview made it 8-0 with three runs on three hits in the sixth, STM finally broke through on a two-run, bases-loaded double by Hemphill.
“We’re just not getting that spark at the right time,” Waguespack said. “We’ve got to find it. That’s finding our identity; who we are.”