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Offense Held in Check in Softball Home Opener

March 16, 2013

Tory Ellis  
Sophomore Tory Ellis produced the only run for
STLCC -- via a home run -- in a doubleheader
loss to Des Moines Area Community College
March 16.

The St. Louis Community College softball team has now scored just 10 runs in its last five games as the Archers dropped a home doubleheader to Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College March 16. The scores were 9-0 (five innings) and 6-1 in the second game.

In Game 1, the Archers were held to just one hit in five innings. Freshman pitcher Nicole Willie (Oakville) ended Bears pitcher Mari Silliman’s perfect-game bid with a walk in the bottom of the third inning. However, Willie surrendered nine runs over five innings — seven of those runs coming in the first two innings.

Head coach Glen Ellis said the Bears’ offensive outburst was more a result of DMACC’s hits than Archers’ miscues.

“The first game wasn’t what I wanted it to be,” Ellis said. “Des Moines goes to nationals every year, and we knew that going in. I knew their pitching was going to be dominant, but I wanted us to hit better. We didn’t make very many errors, but they just hit the ball very, very well.”

Freshman outfielder Maggie Wright (Lindbergh) spoiled Silliman’s no-hitter with her single in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Archers amassed nine strikeouts. Plate approach is one element Ellis said the team needs to improve in its upcoming games.

“We helped (Silliman) a lot the first game swinging at bad pitches, outside pitches,” Ellis said. “That’s what we have to work on.”

Game 2 saw the Archers jump on top in the top of the first with sophomore first baseman Tory Ellis (Fox) hit her third home run of the season. After a scoreless first two innings for DMACC, STLCC freshman pitcher Katie Harper (Kirkwood) gave up four runs in the top of the third.

Harper finished the day pitching seven innings, giving up six runs — including a home run in the top of the seventh.

“Our second game, we’re in that game all the way, but we just couldn’t get that good hit,” Glen Ellis said. “(Sophomore third baseman) Taylor Moiser (Affton) had two great hits — (DMACC) made two great plays on that. That could’ve changed the whole game. What I told the girls was, ‘We have to build on that. We want to hit. Our hitting has to get a little better.’”

After the doubleheader sweep, STLCC’s record stands at 1-8 on the young season. Glen Ellis said he’s disappointed with the record, but not at the effort his team is putting on the diamond.

“Like I told them, ‘Don’t get your head down. You have to buy into our game plan here. If you go away from here saying, ‘Hey, we scored one run in two games,’ then we’re going to be in trouble,’” Glen Ellis said. “We have to buy into our program and realize what our end goal. Our end goal is to win the regional tournament.”

The Archers host St. Charles Community College at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. All home games will be played at the Meramec campus.

Story by Tim Doty