Patriots struggle in tournament

Published 3:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Lady Patriots struggled to mount any offense in a 8-1 loss at the hands of Marengo during day two of the Macon East softball tournament.

“There wasn’t a lot of effort,” said Patriots head coach Robert Rollan. “We didn’t respect Marengo. They came out and played really aggressive and played good defense. You have to tip your hat to them.”

Marengo scored on the Patriots early and often, starting in the first inning. The Patriots offense didn’t’ score until the final inning, when Mallory Clifton scored on a fielders choice by Kayla Dendy.

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“We beat the ball around,” Rollan said. “It was just one of those games. We beat Abbeville and Edgewood. I was hoping we would show up against Marengo. We just didn’t show up today.”

The Patriots head into day three of the Macon East Tournament against a team still yet to be determined. They will have to play good softball early in the game if they want to flip the script.

“We need to play a good game right out of the gate,” Rollan said. “It doesn’t matter who we play; we need to come out and play hard and to win.”

The Pike Patriot baseball team also fell on Friday afternoon, 11-0 against Autauga Academy.

“We didn’t come to the field to compete today,” said Patriots head coach Allen Ponder. “Today was very disappointing, but the good thing about baseball is that we will have another opportunity to give it another shot tomorrow.”

The Patriots had three hits during the game by Hunter Jones, Kiegan Simmons and Trevor Barron.

The Lady Patriots will be back in action on day three of the tournament when they play Evangel at noon, while the baseball team will play at 2 p.m. against a team yet to be determined.