The Hayes softball team’s scoring struggles continued in a 10-0 loss at the hands of OCC-Cardinal leader Hilliard Bradley Wednesday in Delaware.
The Pacers, who have been shutout four of their last six games, were held to six hits and three walks by Bradley pitcher Lexie Hilling.
“For some reason, we’re not hitting the ball hard,” Delaware coach Mark Thomas said. “We work all winter on our hitting. We just can’t get timely hits down.”
Hilling and Jaiden Bryant took away any drama with three-run homers in the sixth and seventh innings.
Jordan Pallay hit a two-run single to get the Jaguars (15-3, 8-0) on the board in the third and Savanna McCoppin worked a lead-off walk and later scored on an error in the fourth.
Delaware’s offense had runners in scoring position in all but two innings and a runner in scoring position with less than two outs in four innings, but couldn’t come through with the big hit.
“We did have some good hits tonight,” Thomas said. “We didn’t have any key hits. We left some runners stranded … we just can’t do that. Our team’s not that strong this year. We gotta get runs when we have the opportunity and we haven’t taken advantage of that yet.”
Aimee Duckworth led the Jaguars with three hits and five different players had two hits, including Hilling, Bryant, Pallay, Lauren Renner and Jennifer Nashalsky.
Mallory Stonebraker and Chloe Barton each had two hits to lead the Pacers (8-7, 5-5).
“We’re going to keep our heads – keep playing hard and finish the season,” Thomas said.
Delaware continues league play at Worthington Kilbourne today at 5:15 p.m.
“We gotta go into Worthington Kilbourne tomorrow night with our heads held high and get a victory … we need a victory,” Thomas said.
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