KINGMAN – The Lee Williams High School softball team continued region action against Prescott Thursday at Centennial Park, and while it dropped a 22-1 loss, the Lady Volunteers made a number of great plays on the field that kept them in the game early on.
“Defensively, we’re great. We depend on each other, which is good,” Lee Williams softball coach Julia Lasiloo said. “Getting them to move a little more and talk to each other a little more on the field is the biggest thing right now. Communicate and let each other know where stuff is happening.”
The Lady Volunteers yielded two runs in the first inning and four in the second for an early 6-0 deficit. Unfortunately Prescott found its groove in the fourth and fifth frames, scoring a combined 16 runs to end the game after the fifth inning due to the run-rule.
“All year we’ve had one or two bad innings, and it just kind of lowers our excitement,” Lasiloo said. “It’s hard for us to catch back up when we’re down. … I’m trying to get them to be excited, come back and keep fighting.”
Despite Lee Williams facing an 11-0 hole entering the bottom of the fourth, it demonstrated some of the willpower that Lasiloo wants to see.
Courtney Janney started off the fourth inning with a long drive to center field that was misjudged by Prescott’s outfielder, resulting in Janney reaching second base.
Fellow Lady Vol Becky LeClair didn’t bring Janney home, but she did move her to third base. The Lady Badgers then committed an error on a throw to third that resulted in Janney scoring Lee Williams’ lone run of the game.
“We have a tough region this year, and we’re still trying to find ourselves in the season even though it’s late,” Lasiloo said. “We’re still trying to find our hitting. We have a couple of girls that will come around for us.”
The top of the Lady Vols lineup definitely showed its potential as leadoff hitter Tori Logan and No. 2 hitter Lorelei Fernandez each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Janney, Hayley Davis and Siona Allen also tallied base knocks.
Even though Lee Williams is showing progress, Lasiloo still wants her team to get more energized during the game.
“They kind of dwell on their mistakes rather than coming out and being excited to hit or to field a ground ball,” she said. “We carry stuff from one inning to the other rather than shaking it off and focusing on our hitting and fielding. It’s hard, but they’re getting better and talking a little bit more.”
The Lady Vols (2-9, 0-7 in 4A Grand Canyon) host Flagstaff at 3:30 p.m. Monday before a two-game series with Mohave. The first contest is on the road Tuesday at 6 p.m. and the series finale is set for 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Park.
The matchup holds extra significance for Lee Williams, as a number of Lady Vols are familiar with some girls on the other team.
“They always come out fighting more when they know the other team,” Lasiloo said. “So next week against Mohave should be a pretty good fight just for the fact of I think it lights their fire a little more when they play a rival school.”