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Fort Dale softball still inexperienced

After a string of tough losses, Fort Dale’s playoff hopes in softball are over.

The Eagles lost 7-4 and 9-0 in a double-header against Lee-Scott last Thursday, followed by a 10-0 loss against Pike Wednesday. FDA’s region record now stands at 1-8.

Coach Scarlett Anderson said the first game versus Lee-Scott wasn’t that bad of a performance as far as her tam was concerned.

“We played pretty well and actually got a few hits,” Anderson said. We didn’t make as many errors as we have been, but every time we did the other team scored.”

Things went from bad to worse in the second match, which FDA lost 9-0.

“We tried to switch our pitchers up, and mix things up a bit, but I think they caught on to it,” Anderson said.

After losing the first game, Anderson said her girls had trouble settling back into their groove.

The 10-0 loss to Pike on Wednesday was a similar situation.

“We just never could find our niche,” Anderson said.

Not making it to the playoffs is unfortunate, Anderson said, especially after going last year.

“These girls still need more experience,” Anderson said. “They are doing well for their age, but they still getting used to other teams that have worked and played together for years.”

Fort Dale only had one senior, Abby Martin, return after last season.

With the pressure off, the Eagles now plan on just playing softball and having fun.

“We’re not giving up,” Anderson said. “We are going to play our best and have fun the rest of the season. Hopefully this year will be a time of improvement for all my players.”