“We wanted it bad!”
That was what Elsberry Lady Indians Softball Head Coach Trudy Bull said when asked about her thoughts of a rematch against Highland for the Louisiana Tournament Championship last Saturday.
Just seven days earlier the Lady Indians watched a golden opportunity slip through their hands as Highland defeated the top seeded Elsberry squad 11-5 to win the Elsberry Tournament.
“We had the last game against them won until we made a bunch of errors, so we knew we could and should beat them,” said Bull.
(1) Highland 2
(2) Elsberry 5
This time the outcome was different, Elsberry held on to a 5-2 victory.
The Lady Indians did something this week that they couldn’t do last week, minimize the mistakes.
“We had our usual bad inning, but the girls didn’t get down and we held them to one run and didn’t have anymore errors on the game,” said Bull. “We had several girls get key hits or walks. The girls also got there bunts down and sacrificed themselves to help us score.”
One other difference was a fresh Becca Almus on the mound.
Last week Bull sent Almus, the Lady Indians number one starter to the mound for all three games, this tournament, the Elsberry coach rested Almus in the second game and pitched Felcia Pruitt.
“Flea pitched the second game for us so Becca came into the game fresh. That made a big difference,” said Bull.
When asked about what went right for this tournament, Coach Bull, pointed to pitching and defense. Why not, as the Lady Indians only gave up four runs during the three game span.
“As I mentioned earlier, Flea pitched a good second game. This allowed us to limit Beccas pitches to keep her fresher. Both girls were on their game,” said Bull. “As for defense, we held our errors down and played very solid defense. Kind of defense we have been looking for all season.”
Even though Coach Bull doesn’t like to single out individual players, she did have to give props to Kaity Grills, who hit two homeruns in the tournament, Tanner Bencomo who had a couple hits and several good sacrifices and the play of Olivia Brown at the plate and Brea Johnson, who Bull said is the best first baseman around right now.
(3) Monroe City 1
(2) Elsberry 4
In the second game of the tournament against Monroe City, Felicia Pruitt held her opponent to just one run and despite trouble scoring the Lady Indians were able to advance to another title game.
“We played great defense and the pitching was solid. We struggled a little at the plate, which we do against slower pitching, but we managed to score enough to win,” said Bull.
(7) Louisiana 1
(2) Elsberry 14
To start the tournament off Elsberry would face off against the host team Louisiana for the second straight weekend.
Unlike last week, Elsberry’s offense was clicking putting up 14 runs to win 14-1.
“We came out focused and never let up. I challenged the girls to beat them by 10 and they came through. It was the kind of game we all want to be part of,” said Bull.
The Lady Indians will be at home on Thursday at 5 p.m. against Wright City, which can be heard at www.elsberrydemocrat.com and will then travel to Mark Twain, Sept. 30 and then to Van-Far on Oct. 1.
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