Bulldogs swept by defending champs
The McLouth High softball team suffered its first two losses of the season at the hands of perennial Class 3A power Silver Lake on Tuesday.
The Eagles first picked up a 5-1 victory, then finished off MHS with an 8-1 win, ruining the Bulldogs’ home opener.
McLouth coach Ballard Patterson said the defending state champions showed every characteristic of a great team, from power hitting, to solid defense, to capitalizing on its opponents mistakes.
“Their the best team in the state,” Patterson said. “They may be the best team in (Kansas) high school softball — at any level.”
Patterson said the biggest difference in the 5-1 loss was the Eagles making the most of McLouth’s blunders.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” the coach said. “We just made error, after error, after error.”
To make matters worse, MHS (6-2) couldn’t get its offense going — a result, Patterson said, of Silver Lake’s outstanding pitching.
“We hit the ball hard probably 10 or 12 times in each game, but it went at them,” the coach said. “Good pitching will do that to you.”
McLouth junior Kaley Patterson was the losing pitcher in both games.
Patterson acknowledged he is coaching a young team and he hopes the Bulldogs realize Silver Lake is an elite squad.
“We’re not on that level,” he said.
But that doesn’t mean MHS can’t work toward getting there. Patterson said some good could come of the one-sided losses.
“We need to find ourselves and find out if we’re willing to do the work that it takes to be that caliber,” the coach said. “Our teams in the past have always played on their level, and tonight we looked like we were one of the second-tier teams.”
MHS is off until Monday, when it plays host to Jeff West at 4:30 p.m.