BROCKPORT — One bad inning can make or break a team in the game of softball.
Unfortunately for the Waterloo girls softball team, they had to learn that lesson the hard way Saturday afternoon on the campus of The College at Brockport.
The Indians gave up seven runs to Eden in the sixth inning in the New York State High School Athletic Association Class B Western Regional game en route to an 8-1 loss.
“I’m super proud of these girls,” Waterloo coach Kierstyn Decory said. “Obviously we’ve done more than we ever imagined we were going to do this year.”
Early on it appeared it was going to be a pitchers’ duel. Junior Morgan Kapp was throwing heat early as she finished with seven strikeouts. Counter part Marissa Calloway performed well inside the circle as she finished with 10 strikeouts and five hits.
After a scoreless first inning, the Raiders got on the board first as sophomore catcher Brooke Woodard slammed an RBI double that almost cleared the center field fence — but Annie Smithers kept it from going out of the park.
The Indians (18-4) evened things up in the bottom of the third.
After Kapp cracked a hard double down the right field line that was heard around the ball park, Jordan Colegrove blooped an RBI single into right field, allowing Kapp to touch home plate. Colegrove finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
It was a defensive battle the next two innings where both teams had ample opportunities to claim the lead. The turning point of the game came in the sixth inning however. Kapp seemed to have lost her magic touch as she surrendered eight straight hits, part of her 11-hit day.
Freshman utility Courtney Schmitt opened the flood gates as she slammed an RBI triple. On the next at bat, Katie Zimmerman delivered an RBI single. Woodard came through an RBI double, followed by a Paiton Basinski RBI single, a Mattie Woodard RBI triple, and a Calloway RBI double.
“Morgan (Kapp) wasn’t tired,” Decory added. “We were here to play and we played with them until the sixth inning. That inning won’t define us and we’ll be back next year to prove that. Morgan is a junior and she’s going to be back.”
Despite finishing the season in disappointing fashion, Decory and assistant coach Hannah Guererri were pleased with how the team performed this season. The two were part of the 2008 team that made it to the Western Regionals. A win would’ve been the deepest the program has gone in postseason play.
“It’s an out-of-body experience,” Guererri said. “For these girls to experience what we’ve talked at the beginning of the season. These girls will do it next year I have no doubt.”
“We talk about it a lot,” Decory said. “We try to get them fueled up and talk about what we accomplished as players. We come in and tell them we want you to do better than what we did. That was our goal. We want to go further.”