Battle girls team wins first softball game against Tolton

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | 9:53 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —The similarities between the Battle and Tolton high school softball teams are vast: premiere seasons, young teams and experienced coaches.

The teams competed Wednesday night at Battle's field ending in a 7-2 Spartan victory. This is the first win for Battle, making the team 1-3.

The win comes after Tuesday night's 7-6 loss to Helias.

"I'm proud of the girls," Battle coach Joe Henderson said. "Last night was very intense; it was a great game. We had it; we thought we could get it. ... We learned a lot last night, and it propelled them into tonight."

Battle's junior pitcher Paxton Jobe recorded Wednesday's win.

"I was so happy," Jobe said. "My defense performed great. We hit, and I felt like I pitched pretty good."

After getting their first win, the Spartans play in Cape Girardeau's Notre Dame Softball Fest on Friday and Saturday.

"I feel like a little bit of pressure has been relieved now that we know we can (win)," Jobe said. "I knew we could do it all along, but we proved it tonight."

Tolton coach Bryndyn Crutcher believes that his players are making progress in their first season as a team.

"We have played bigger schools a (Class) 2 and a (Class) 4, but we really should have competed a little bit better," Crutcher said. "Right now, we are just trying to fine tune some things. We are leaving a lot of runners on base and trying to work through the mental part of the game. A lot of our team has no playing experience or hasn't played since they were 7 or 8 (years old); but they are very good athletes, and they are picking things up very quick."

The Trailblazer roster has one senior and five freshmen on the 12-member team. Tolton plays its first home game at 5 p.m. Thursday in Albert-Oakland Park against Sturgeon.

"That's a big game for us," Crutcher said. "Districts just came out, and we only play one team in our district; so when they do district seeding, it is going to be a lot about common opponents. Sturgeon plays four or five other teams in our district, so that's a big game that we are trying to hold things together."

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