A rough start doomed Spring Grove softball on Saturday.
Taking on Waynesboro, the Rockets gave up three runs in the first inning and were never able to recover. They ended up losing the non-division contest 5-2 at home.
The loss drops the Rockets to 1-2 on the season. According to Spring Grove head coach Mark Hull, the Rockets were never able to overcome the early hole they put themselves in.
"We made a lot of mistakes that we were never able to recover from," Hull said. "Especially after the first inning, we basically threw the ball all over the field and were shell-shocked. It's going to take some work to improve."
Offensively, Hull said Spring Grove was unable to generate any consistency and couldn't capitalize on the few opportunities it had. He said the biggest issue was the Rockets inability to adjust to a pitcher that threw a slower speed than they were used to.
"We had trouble stringing hits together, and we ended up just not hitting the ball solid,”Hull said. “The pitcher we faced wasn’t a fast pitcher, and we just weren't able to adjust to her."
After going 10-11 last season, Spring Grove entered 2016 with the task of replacing Haley Norton, who was arguably the top hitter in the league last season. While Hull said the Rockets have a number of young players performing well so far, the team needs to get more from its upperclassmen moving forward.
Although he said Saturday was definitely an off-day for the Rockets, Hull believes they have to start focusing more on fundamentals, especially on offense, if they are going to improve upon last season's record.
"It's going to take plenty of work, there's nothing we're going to be able to fix in one day," Hull said. "I think they had an off-game today, but we need to start hitting more."