Girls have rocky start

By JIM RUMBLE

After the usual game postponements that delay the start of the spring sports season, the Avonworth girls’ softball team finally got their season underway when they hosted OLSH in a section match-up last Friday.

The Lady ‘Lopes had a difficult time finding continuity with their offense and were blanked by the Chargers 10-0.

"It's all on me," said coach Chris Knox afterwards. "The bottom line is that I didn't have them ready to play."

The 'Lopes did not travel to Florida this year to get in some games that can help prepare for the start of the regular season, but Knox was not about to make any excuses.

"We're still good enough to play better than what we showed today," he said.

Sydney Smith, who was on the mound for Avonworth, got off to a rough start as OLSH utilized four hits to produce a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Lady ‘Lopes had base runners in their half of the inning, with base hits by Elaina Tkaczenko and Amanda D'Ottavio, along with a walk issued to Smith, but the 'Lopes were not able to produce any runs.

Both teams were set down in order in the second inning, but the Chargers racked Smith for a triple, a double and a base hit that extended the lead to 5-0 in the top of the third inning.

OLSH scored two runs in the top of the fourth to lead 7-0, while Avonworth got hits by Smith, D'Ottavio and Gretchen Schmidt in their half of the inning, but couldn't crack the scoreboard.

The Chargers added a run in the fifth inning to go up 8-0 and added two runs in the top of the sixth to finalize Avonworth's 10-0 loss.

Jennie Pollock, Hanna Logan, Kim D'Ottavio and Tkaczenko produced hits in the later innings that gave Avonworth nine hits while OLSH finished with 12.

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