The American Falls High School girls’ softball team started its season with a new pitcher, a young team, and a rough start against Sugar Salem on Tuesday, March 12. The Beavers came back with a win against Soda Springs on Friday, March 15, but again had a loss against Filer on Saturday, March 16.
The score in the 11-4 loss against Sugar Salem does not reflect how well the team played, said American Falls Coach Eric Morris. It was an eye-opener for the young team, he said. New pitcher Riley Morris, a freshman, was able to hold her own in the game, but one inning got away from them, resulting in the loss, he said.
Everyone contributed to the 4-0 win against Soda Springs at home, Morris said. There was some good hitting and pitching. Defensively they were able to stop Soda Springs even when Soda Springs was in a scoring position.
The highlight of the game came when the Beavers successfully completed a rare triple play. That really helped pull the team together for the rest of the game, Morris said.
“It was awesome,” he said.
The highlight of the win was followed by a disappointing 15-1 loss against Filer the next day. The girls lacked energy after their win, and they committed some costly errors. Still, Morris said, they were able to hang in there even when the game was tough to handle.
The team is made from a good group of girls, and they will be working hard on defense and hitting.
“Getting the bats going is going to be huge for us,” Morris said.
The team will play three times this week, on Thursday, March 21, against Buhl (which will not be a double header as the official schedule states), on Friday, March 22, against South Fremont (also not a double header), and against Sugar Salem next Tuesday, March 26.