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Errors again costly to Lady Cougars

SALEM — The Pulaski County Lady Cougar Softball team showed improvement against Salem on Wednesday night, but in the end it was still just a little short of what they needed as they fell to the Lady Spartans, 6-0.
Lady Spartan pitcher Ellen Weaver controlled most of the game for Salem, allowing the Lady Cougars only four hits over the course of the game. Those four hits should prove something to this Pulaski team though — they can hit the ball, even off of the best pitcher in the River Ridge District. Four hits doubles the number of hit’s the Lady Cougars had in their first two meetings with Salem.
The Lady Cougar pitchers also did a fine job on the mound. Junior Miranda Tuell carried much of the work load for the Lady Cougars in this game, with Brandi Turman coming in to help out at one point in the game. Between the efforts of the two Pulaski pitchers, the Lady Spartans were only able to muster five hits themselves.
“Our pitchers did a great job tonight,” said Head Coach Gina Miano. “We gave up five hits and one walk. Weaver is a good pitcher, but our girls are figuring her out now. We’re getting the bat on the ball, but we didn’t get our base runners tonight in scoring positions. Normally, we are able to get a couple of runners on by walks. She just doesn’t give those up too often. We also usually get a few runners on due to errors. Salem only had one error tonight.”
As she talked about yesterday, Coach Miano felt like the errors would be the deciding factor in the game. “We did well on the mound, but we made those basic fundamental errors that have been killing us. We have to back our pitchers up. We ended with five errors in the game. Now on the other side of that coin, we cut our strikeouts down dramatically. In our first meeting with Salem, we had 20 girls strike out. In this game we only had five. We also only allowed one walk in the game. So now we’ve doubled our hits, cut our strikeouts down by seventy five percent, and only walked one, but the errors still killed us.”
So now Pulaski County will find out just how much heart their softball team has. Directly after the game, Coach Miano could see the frustration on the faces of her team. “They saw how close we were, and they knew we missed a big opportunity to reach our goals. I was a little upset with our play at first, but after looking at the numbers I can only feel good about things. We did everything right except for the errors. This team knows how to fix it, and now we’re going to have to go out and do it. Either we fix the errors and win and go on into the Region 4 playoffs, or we don’t and our season is over. I know this team has the heart to pull it out, and I know they have the talent. We just have to do it.”
The Lady Cougars will now play in the consolation game today against the Cave Spring Lady Knights, who lost to Hidden Valley 6-4 last night. The winner of this game will move on to the Region 4 playoffs as the No. 3 seeded team from the River Ridge District. The Lady Cougars split the regular season meetings with Cave Spring. In game one, the Lady Cougars got their first win ever as a program over Cave Spring, defeating them in Roanoke by a score of 3-1 in nine innings. In game two, it was the Lady Knights’ turn, as they defeated the Lady Cougars in Dublin by a score of 9-1. That second game was also a game marred by errors for the Lady Cougars, who finished the game with six errors and one hit.
In the “no stress” game of the evening, Salem will face Hidden Valley to determine who wins the District Tournament. Salem finished the season as the regular season champions, which earned them an automatic berth into the regional playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Hidden Valley will be the No. 2 seed from the River Ridge District.
So this is it. For Pulaski County and Cave Spring it is a win or go home situation. One team will live to fight another day, while for the other there is no tomorrow.
It has been an exciting ride for the Lady Cougars this season, and it has been a season with big wins and heartbreaking losses. Pulaski has come out and took an early lead only to fall and lose, and they have been down big and made a comeback to get the win.
Each and every member of this team has made contributions to the success of the team, and it will take each team member picking the other one up right now to move on. We believe in you all, and we wish you all the best of luck as you take on Cave Spring. Don’t forget your battle cry from earlier this season. “Use your face” ladies. Use your face.

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Errors again costly to Lady Cougars

SALEM — The Pulaski County Lady Cougar Softball team showed improvement against Salem on Wednesday night, but in the end it was still just a little short of what they needed as they fell to the Lady Spartans, 6-0.
Lady Spartan pitcher Ellen Weaver controlled most of the game for Salem, allowing the Lady Cougars only four hits over the course of the game. Those four hits should prove something to this Pulaski team though — they can hit the ball, even off of the best pitcher in the River Ridge District. Four hits doubles the number of hit’s the Lady Cougars had in their first two meetings with Salem.
The Lady Cougar pitchers also did a fine job on the mound. Junior Miranda Tuell carried much of the work load for the Lady Cougars in this game, with Brandi Turman coming in to help out at one point in the game. Between the efforts of the two Pulaski pitchers, the Lady Spartans were only able to muster five hits themselves.
“Our pitchers did a great job tonight,” said Head Coach Gina Miano. “We gave up five hits and one walk. Weaver is a good pitcher, but our girls are figuring her out now. We’re getting the bat on the ball, but we didn’t get our base runners tonight in scoring positions. Normally, we are able to get a couple of runners on by walks. She just doesn’t give those up too often. We also usually get a few runners on due to errors. Salem only had one error tonight.”
As she talked about yesterday, Coach Miano felt like the errors would be the deciding factor in the game. “We did well on the mound, but we made those basic fundamental errors that have been killing us. We have to back our pitchers up. We ended with five errors in the game. Now on the other side of that coin, we cut our strikeouts down dramatically. In our first meeting with Salem, we had 20 girls strike out. In this game we only had five. We also only allowed one walk in the game. So now we’ve doubled our hits, cut our strikeouts down by seventy five percent, and only walked one, but the errors still killed us.”
So now Pulaski County will find out just how much heart their softball team has. Directly after the game, Coach Miano could see the frustration on the faces of her team. “They saw how close we were, and they knew we missed a big opportunity to reach our goals. I was a little upset with our play at first, but after looking at the numbers I can only feel good about things. We did everything right except for the errors. This team knows how to fix it, and now we’re going to have to go out and do it. Either we fix the errors and win and go on into the Region 4 playoffs, or we don’t and our season is over. I know this team has the heart to pull it out, and I know they have the talent. We just have to do it.”
The Lady Cougars will now play in the consolation game today against the Cave Spring Lady Knights, who lost to Hidden Valley 6-4 last night. The winner of this game will move on to the Region 4 playoffs as the No. 3 seeded team from the River Ridge District. The Lady Cougars split the regular season meetings with Cave Spring. In game one, the Lady Cougars got their first win ever as a program over Cave Spring, defeating them in Roanoke by a score of 3-1 in nine innings. In game two, it was the Lady Knights’ turn, as they defeated the Lady Cougars in Dublin by a score of 9-1. That second game was also a game marred by errors for the Lady Cougars, who finished the game with six errors and one hit.
In the “no stress” game of the evening, Salem will face Hidden Valley to determine who wins the District Tournament. Salem finished the season as the regular season champions, which earned them an automatic berth into the regional playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Hidden Valley will be the No. 2 seed from the River Ridge District.
So this is it. For Pulaski County and Cave Spring it is a win or go home situation. One team will live to fight another day, while for the other there is no tomorrow.
It has been an exciting ride for the Lady Cougars this season, and it has been a season with big wins and heartbreaking losses. Pulaski has come out and took an early lead only to fall and lose, and they have been down big and made a comeback to get the win.
Each and every member of this team has made contributions to the success of the team, and it will take each team member picking the other one up right now to move on. We believe in you all, and we wish you all the best of luck as you take on Cave Spring. Don’t forget your battle cry from earlier this season. “Use your face” ladies. Use your face.

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