After a strong 8-3 start in non-region tournament play, the Commerce Tigers dropped their first two region games of the season.
The Tigers came home from Athens Christian last Tuesday after being shut out 6-0, by the Eagles.
“We just didn’t have a very good game,” noted head coach Pam Canup. She also noted that several errors contributed to the loss at ACS.
The Tigers quickly shifted their attention to their second consecutive 8-A region matchup against the Prince Avenue Christian Wolverines.
Both teams were scoreless for the first three innings with each team’s pitcher controlling the game.
The Wolverines struck first in the fourth inning, after a fielding error allowed them to bring two runs across.
Commerce bounced back to score four runs in the fifth, putting the Tigers up 4-2 heading into the sixth. However, the Wolverines quickly tied the game up in their next at-bat, making it a tie game heading into the top of the seventh inning.
The Tigers were unable to come back after Prince Avenue scored three runs in the top of the seventh, earning a 7-5 Wolverine victory.
“It was a really close game,” said Canup. “The girls played a really good game and fought hard.”
Hannah Crumley and Kaylee Partin led the Tigers at bat with two hits apiece, while Crumley, Partin, Mattie Canup, Jenna Thomas and Rachel Floyd each had an RBI.
“Everyone is hitting really well. It’s great that we are spreading it out across the lineup,” added Canup.
The Tigers were scheduled to face the Providence Christian Storm on Tuesday, but the game was rescheduled due to bad weather.
The Tigers will next look down the schedule to four consecutive region 8-A games beginning with an away game at Towns County on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4:45 p.m.
The Tigers (8-5) currently hold the number 13 spot in the Class A Softball power rankings, however,
“It’s still kind of early,” reminds Canup. “Now it’s just wins and losses, but when they start factoring in other teams’ records, that may really change some things.”
Looking ahead, Canup says her Tigers are focusing on the fundamentals.
“We want to make fewer errors, keep making contact at the plate and try to score as many runs as we can,” she said.