With five games to play, Hickman is still trying to work out the kinks.
The Kewpies lost to Pilot Grove 10-8 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park in a game that included six Kewpie errors.
“I’m disappointed,” Hickman coach Courtney Haskell said. “That’s a game we should have won.”
Hickman (3-15) started strong with four runs in the first inning, but that spark quickly burnt out when Pilot Grove (12-4) responded with seven runs in the second off two Kewpie errors.
“If you could take away that one inning . . . There’s always one inning,” Haskell said. “They were pretty solid defensively. Offensively they hit the ball and that’s what you do to win a game.”
Even though Hickman’s defense did not shine, the Kewpies were strong in the batter’s box.
“They had some good solid hits,” Haskell said. “Shana (White) hits the ball hard all the time.”
White started a rally for the Kewpies with two out in the bottom of the sixth. She hit a line-drive ground-rule double down the left field line. A hit from Shannon Buckridge brought her home to pull the Kewpies within 10-7.
Jennifer Bieberly followed with a single to bring in Buckridge, but a pop up ended the inning. The Kewpies were retired in order in the seventh.
“I am proud of the fact that they never gave up,” Haskell said.
Stefani Worley, who pitched a complete game for Hickman, said she is frustrated with the way the team is performing defensively.
“I feel like the bonehead plays are still getting us late on in the season when they shouldn’t be occurring,” she said.
As Haskell looked down at the scorebook it was evident she doesn’t want the Kewpies to finish the season this way.
“At this point in the season we can’t be having the mental errors,” Haskell said. “It’s very frustrating when you score eight runs and you can’t win the ballgame.”
Haskell said she is looking forward to a good quality practice today to get the team ready for the upcoming games.