MEDFORD — Not much went right for the Classical softball team Tuesday. The Rams committed four errors and struggled at the plate in a 7-1 loss to Medford at Columbus Park.
“We said it from the beginning,” Rams coach Erica Richard said, “games come down to who makes fewer mistakes and who shows up hungry. We didn’t show up. We’re better than that. When we beat ourselves that’s when you walk away disappointed. That should have been a tooth and nail close game coming down to the wire. I feel like from the second we got here it just wasn’t there.”
Classical’s offense totaled eight hits but the Rams struggled to get the timely hits they needed to make it a close game.
“We just hit too many balls in the air,” Richard said. “When you give a team that many fly balls (10) then you’re making it easy for them. And Medford made all the plays. We didn’t get any breaks and we gave them extra outs. They’re too good. When you give a team that can hit the ball extra runners it’s hard to beat them.”
Brooke Warren threw all six innings for the Rams, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out eight.
Medford pitcher Emma McGlynn (seven innings, one run, eight hits, one walk and five strikeouts) retired the side in the first inning before the Mustangs offense got off to a fast start.
Mya Winslow started things with a single and Brenna Forbes doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Kiara Edmonds made a nice sliding catch on a fly ball to left field by Carmen Diorio but Winslow tagged up to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
Edmonds (1-for-4 with one run scored) got the Rams started in the second inning with a single. Rebecca Walker laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Edmonds to second base and a few batters later Warren (2-for-3 with one RBI) helped her own cause with a RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. Isabella Faessler kept the inning going with a walk and a passed ball on a strikeout loaded the bases with two outs, but the Rams couldn’t get the hit they needed to go ahead.
Rayanne Forbes single handedly got the Mustangs back on the board in the second inning. The second baseman drew a walk, stole second base and then scored on an errant throw after stealing third base to put Medford ahead 2-1.
Brenna Forbes laced another double in the third inning and another Classical error on a fly ball to center field put runners at second and third base for Medford. Dawn Eisnor knocked in a run on a single and Kenzie Eisnor added another on a sacrifice fly to put the Mustangs out front 4-1.
A walk and another Classical error put two runners on for Medford again in the fourth inning. Winslow plated a run on a bunt-single and later in the inning Dawn Eisnor added her second RBI on a sacrifice fly to put Medford ahead 6-1. Another errant throw on an attempt to steal third base plated Brenna Forbes and rounded out the scoring for the Mustangs at 7-1.
Meanwhile the Classical bats went quiet. The Rams managed to get a runner in scoring position in the sixth and two more in the seventh but still couldn’t produce the clutch hitting to mount a comeback.
“I hope the girls learn from this,” Richard said. “Because this is what it’s going to be like in a few weeks. (The state tournament) is going to be do or die and you’re going home disappointed. Hopefully they take this and learn from it the rest of the way and bounce back.”
The Rams (11-3) will hope to bounce back when they take on crosstown rival English Saturday in the Holland Tournament.