By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT Sports Editor
“We had one or two bad things happen and it caused us to lose focus,” Miano said when talking about the fourth inning. “We dropped some fly balls, walked a few batters and then missed a play at home. Meanwhile Floyd was hitting the ball and doing a good job of base running. That inning cost us the game.”
Floyd County got on the board first in the third inning with 2 runs. The Lady Cougars were unable to answer in the bottom of the inning, and then the wheels began to fall off in the fourth.
The Buffalos started with a double to center field. Two straight walks loaded the bases and then pitcher Josie Brewer lost control of a pitch and hit the batter to score the first run. An error at home plate scored another run and then Floyd County hit a single to score again. On a fielders choice Brewer threw the runner at home out for the first out of the inning. Another run scored on a wild pitch and then a walk was followed by a double, but not before another run scored on a passed ball. Finally two ground balls were handled for the final two outs of the inning, but not before 7 runs had crossed the plate giving Floyd a 9-0 lead.
“A lot of teams would have called it a night, but our kids kept fighting,” Miano said. “We know what we did wrong, and we know we have to fix it. Our team is young but they’re willing to get down in the dirt and work.”
The Lady Cougars answered with a run in each of the final four innings while allowing only one additional run in the top of the fifth for Floyd. In all, Pulaski County had 6 hits compared to 7 from Floyd. The key statistic for the night was in the error column. Floyd committed 2 errors. Pulaski County committed 5, most of those in the fourth inning.
Brewer finished the game with 2 hits, one run and an RBI. Chelsea Doss also had 2 hits and a run scored. Kayla Price had an RBI. Alexa Nicely had a hit and a run scored. Hollie Eggleston hit one, scored one and earned an RBI. Kaylie Akers earned a walk.
“We’ve got some catching up to do,” Miano said. “We can work with the effort they’re giving us, we just need to get them caught up and coached up. Our girls never gave up or quit. Right now we’re still just trying to figure out what kind of team we’re going to be. We are still trying to get everyone where they need to be. it’s going to be a work in progress for a little while, but I believe in these girls. They’re going to be ok.”
Mother Nature allowing, Miano and her Lady Cougars will have plenty of chances to improve this week with 3 games scheduled. Monday they’ll host Galax at PCHS. Wednesday the team will host Fort Chiswell. Friday the varsity and JV will both travel to Floyd County. All games are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.