Lady Tigers stop 14-game losing skid
Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 20, 2006
Greenville softball coach Donna Sunnycalb knew with a young team that it would take its lumps as the season progressed.
The Tigers opened the season with a no-hit victory over Escambia County, but the wheels fell off after that.
Greenville dropped 14 games in a row since its season opener until Thursday when the Tigers snapped the losing streak with a 9-7 victory over Carroll-Ozark.
“I'm just glad to see us get a win,” Sunnycalb said. “I hope this is a sign that we've turned a corner in the season, and it's our turn for things to go our way.”
Greenville also did something it had not done in the last 14 games, which is put the bat on the ball. The Tigers scattered nine hits which were coupled with Carroll-Ozark's six errors.
“We hit the ball fairly descent Thursday, which I was glad to see,” Sunnycalb said. “We still are making too many errors defensively.”
Brittany White led Greenville at the plate going 3-for-4. Tara Gibson and Kendra Mitchell also chipped in with two hits a piece.
Greenville did commit four errors, but they weren't nearly as costly since the Eagles were limited to just four hits by starting Tiger pitcher Brittany White.
White had one of her best outings since she threw a no-hitter to open the season by striking out 14.
After tying the game in the second, Greenville plated six runs in the third to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
The Eagles then answered with two runs in the same frame to draw within four runs of the Tigers.
Greenville added two more insurance runs in the fourth before Carroll-Ozark tried to rally with four runs in the fifth before being completely shut down.
The Tigers played host to Eufaula on Tuesday, but results were not available by presstime. Then Greenville travels to Ozark for a return match with Carroll before traveling to Millbrook to participate in the Stanhope Elmore Mustang Madness Tournament on Friday. The Tigers open the tournament against host Stanhope Elmore at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Greenville then takes on Robert E. Lee at 3 p.m. Saturday before closing the tournament with a 6 p.m. date with Straughn.