The Lady Seahawks lost more games than they’ve won over the past two weeks, as the coach is working on getting them to win the close ones.
"We are struggling, but learning to win close games at this level is a process, and our players have to keep working hard and trying to get better every day,” said coach Scott Collins. “ They will learn to win these close games."
On Feb. 22 at Leon, the softball team fell Leon 4-3, after taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.
With two outs, no one on base, and an 0-2 count, the Seahawks were one strike away from a victory on four consecutive pitches as Leon's second baseman battled by fouling off four before finally hitting a ground ball. An error was made on the play and Leon went on to rally for a 4-3 come-from-behind win.
Junior Alexus Johnson led all hitters, going 3 for 4 and scoring a run. Sophomore Jaylin Charles took the loss, throwing the last four innings, giving up two hits with eight strikeouts. Junior Melanie Collins, Madison Smith, Sage Brannan, and Michaela Cassidy all had one hit each. Eighth grader Sage Brannan and Charles combined to give up six hits while striking out 12.
At home on Feb. 23, the girls lost 4-3 for a second time, this one to Wakulla, who scored four unearned runs in the second inning and held on for the win. Melanie Collins had a double with two RBIs, while Brannan and freshman Abby Johnson each had a single. Charles threw a complete game, giving up nine hits with three strikeouts.
In Panama City on Friday, the Lady Seahawks fell to Sneads 12-9. Franklin County gave up six unearned runs in the first inning, on five errors. They battled back to take a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning, before losing.
Sophomore Rosie Davis was 3 for 3, and Alexus Johnson, Smith, Cassidy and Charles each had two hits. Brannan came in for Charles in the second inning and gave up six hits, striking out two. Charles came back in to finish the game off in the seventh inning.
In the nightcap, the Lady Seahawks defeated Ft. Walton Beach by a score of 17-5 in a game they dominated from start to finish. Alexus Johnson was 3 for 3, with a double, a triple and three runs batted in. Smith, Collins, Charles and Brannan had two hits each. Brannan and Charles combined on the win, throwing three innings each, giving up four hits, with seven strikouts between them.
In the opener Saturday, the Lady Seahawks fell to Escambia 6-2. The Gators broke open a tie game with a two-out, five-run rally in the fourth inning. Collins and Alexus Johnson had two hits each. Brannan picked up the loss, throwing five innings, giving up seven hits, with one strikeout.
In the nightcap, the Lady Seahawks were defeated by Marianna by a score of 14-0. Abby Johnson and Davis had one hit each. Charles pitched a complete game in the loss, giving up 10 hits, with three strikeouts.