LEESBURG, Fla. – On the surface, it’s a 1-5 ride for a softball team that happily climbs to the ground and plays under clear skies.
A deeper dive reveals the club this approaching the opening weekend of the Central American Conference.
Central Michigan ended its trip to Florida on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to Middle Tennessee and a 6-5 loss to South Dakota. Chippewas won one of six games during his foray into The Spring Games at Sleepy Hollow Complex.
Four of Chippewas’ defeats came in one run; the other two.
“Every game we lose, we are knocked far from winning,” the second-year CMU coach McCall Salmon the word. “The last two days we were challenged a lot, just from the mental approach as a whole. (Saturday) night we played at 7 and 9:30 and we didn’t leave the compound until 12:30 (Sunday) morning and we had to turn around and get back on the pitch. at 8:30 this morning and then played two games.
“I think all those interconnected things are part of the process in general. We bounce here, we get called in there, we are successful here – very close. There’s a lot, it’s intangible; we are going to start putting it all together. We’re growing and our players are given cards that are very difficult to play and they give us everything they have.
“We’re going in the right direction. It’s March 7; I don’t want us to play our best softball on March 7. I want us to get better and I think we will.”
Chippewas built up a 5-0 lead through two halves on Sunday morning against South Dakota. Coyote scored four runs in the fifth set and two in the seventh to clinch victory.
CMU starter Cloe Mallory allows four strokes at seven strokes while hitting six strokes. Kaitlyn nuts do the sixth inning and Grace Lehto come for the seventh. Bean Struck out three, while Lehto gave up two runs on three hits in taking losses.
Lehto took the distance to take the defeat against Middle Tennessee. He did two punches with four punches.
Lehto, a freshman, got off to a great start to his college career and has done well in every game this season. Bean and Mallory veteran staff, along with junior transfers Faith Howe, also fits in overall, says Salmon
“Katelynn Bean and Cloe Mallory definitely give us some good chapters for us this weekend, “he said.” For them and for Faith Howe it’s also about building the stamina to throw seven innings. We’re building to that point. We’re headed in the right direction. Sees some good things and we are very happy with what our staff at MAC will do. “
Chippewas is scheduled to open a four-game MAC series at Bowling Green starting Friday, March 19.
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