The book closed on a familiar chapter for Hickman on Tuesday.
In the final softball game of the regular season, Hickman lost 3-1 to Salisbury at Cosmopolitan Park.
Despite improved hitting, Hickman had trouble converting its effort into runs.
“That’s the story of our season,” coach Courtney Diehl said.
Hickman’s run came in the sixth inning when outfielder Denise Buxton scored on first baseman Jennifer Bieberly’s single.
“I’ve been saying this all season, but we’ve just got to get our bats on the ball,” Hickman’s Stefani Worley said.
Hickman fell to 7-17. Salisbury is 16-5.
The Kewpies trailed early. Chelsea Fuemmeler, Salisbury’s leadoff batter, bunted. Stephanie Frevert threw to first, but Bieberly dropped the ball. Fuemmeler scored on third baseman Kristina Ramsey’s single that she tried to stretch into a double.
“We have to forget about the errors,” Bieberly said. “It’s part of the game. That’s what I had to do to keep going.”
Fuemmeler scored again in the third inning on Ramsey’s single after walking and stealing second.
Hickman had another error in the fourth inning when outfielder Denise Buxton dropped Kathleen Henke’s fly ball. Buxton quickly recovered the ball and threw to second baseman Katie Johanning in time to tag Adrienne Hayward.
“We recovered from the errors, and that is a positive thing,” Diehl said.
In the sixth inning, Jessica Henderson scored as Bieberly tagged Kathleen Henke at first.”We’ve fought this all season long,” Diehl said. “We end up playing catch up, and that just doesn’t work for us. We have to score early.”
After Buxton’s run in the sixth, Hickman’s offensive momentum stopped on a close call.
After getting on base with a single, Kelsey Merideth was tagged out at third.
She had tried to take advantage of Bieberly’s single, passing second as Buxton scored. Merideth slid into the base as Ramsey brought the ball down and was called out.
“When you’re playing softball, you have to take the game out of the umpire’s hands,” Worley said. “Meaning, you can’t leave room for close calls.”