SCOTT — With Acadiana sitting at No. 29 in the LHSAA power ratings and fighting for its postseason life against Sulphur on Thursday, coming out flat was not what Wreckin’ Rams softball coach Kevin Smith wanted to see.
But that’s what happened as the Rams were impatient at the plate and couldn’t get the timely hit. Not to mention, both of Sulphur’s runs were unearned after two big mistakes in the first inning. The Rams couldn’t bounce back and dropped a critical game to Sulphur 2-0.
“Two unearned runs on our errors didn’t help us at all,” Smith said. “We were flat from start to finish, and it’s not the time for that. A 2-0 ballgame, and they got their runs on errors. Sidney pitched her tail off; we just always seem to have an inning where we have a bunch of errors.”
Sydni Larriviere pitched a complete game, allowing four hits with nine strikeouts. Sulphur’s runs came in the first when a runner came home from third on a wild pitch and a second run scored on the same play when the throw back to the pitcher sailed over her head.
The Rams loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but a base running blunder on a fly out to shallow center resulted in a double play. Smith said the impatience at the plate, coupled with some inexperience, is what cost the Rams.
“Those errors are the things you have to eliminate,” he said. “When you’re on the bases, you simply have to know what is going on. We get an opportunity to make something happen late, and we aren’t patient at bat. Their pitcher wasn’t throwing very hard, and we’re up there trying to crush the ball. That won’t win the ballgame for you, and it proved it.
“I will continue to say this until I am blue in the face: Pitching has kept us in every ballgame we have played this season. You can’t sit here and make excuses, but those errors, that’s what happens when you have a lot of underclassmen. The inexperience will come back and bite you a little bit.”
Smith said he knows every win late in the season is important for his team’s postseason chances. Acadiana has three games left: one against district leader Sam Houston on Monday and a doubleheader Tuesday against St. Joseph’s.
“It would be nice to pick up all three because you know you pretty much have secured a spot,” Smith said. “If we lose to Sam Houston, we have to sweep the doubleheader. This (Sulphur game) would have been a huge win for us. Now we’re turning around and looking at what everyone else did and adding those points. It’s a numbers game.”