Bats fall silent: Belles’ season comes to a close with loss

Published 9:20 pm Monday, July 30, 2018

The Troy Belles bats fell silent in a 7-0 loss to Mississippi on Monday evening in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The loss for Troy ended the Belles’ season. After winning every game heading into the tournament, the Belles’ only two losses of the summer came in their final two games.

After a grueling loss on Sunday night, Troy could not get their bats going in their season-ending loss on Monday. They finished with two hits by Emily Williamson and McKenzie Cain,

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“Today we couldn’t hit the ball,” said head coach Max Bundy. “In yesterday’s game, we made some errors, but started to hit the ball late. Today we had some good pitching, and had a few errors in the field. All-in-all, today boiled down to us not hitting the ball.”

Lexi McLendon got the ball as the starter on Monday. McLendon pitched the first three innings before Bundy elected to go with Ally Rushing the rest of the way.

The Belles have made it to the World Series in five out of the last six years, and although they are searching for a still searching for a title, their experience this year was still a good one.

“This is just a great group of girls that play well together,” Bundy said. “It’s been fun to coach them. This was the second year with me, Brian McLendon and Jeffrey Henderson. They (girls) pick each other up. It was a great experience and that is what it’s all about.