Troubles are starting to pile up for the Fort Mill Lady Jackets softball team.
After a 2-2 start to the season, the team has dropped three straight. Fort Mill lost two games in the Carolina Invitational over the weekend at Cherry Park before the rains washed the tournament out and fell badly to Clover earlier in the week.
Fort Mill lost to Lewisville 14-2 and Northside 10-1 in the tournament.
"We didn't play very well against either team," said head coach Chuck Stegall. "The team from Northside was really good. We just did stupid stuff to let it get to 10-1. Scores really don't reflect how we played. We were just flat."
The Lady Jackets faced one of the better teams in the region in Clover, which won 14-0.
Fort Mill collected just two hits, both singles from sophomores Christine Turner and Ashley Jadwinski. Stegall said he is trying to keep his team's spirits up.
"The first five games for us has been a pretty good start considering where we were," Stegall said.
"We are trying to use the first part of our season to rebuild a foundation for the future program here. We are trying to teach basic fundamentals and establish some team confidence. We are trying to sell these ideas to some team members that have no prior softball experience and build from there. Everyone, including the girls, knew that this could be a very challenging year for us."
Fort Mill did pull out a 15-12 win against Great Falls, peppering 14 hits. Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Caruso hit a triple in the win as she went 3-5. Her battery mate, seventh-grader Haley Fry, went 3-4 and freshman Haley Bonner went 2-3.
"I have some girls that have stepped up to take some responsibilities to help rebuild," Stegall said.
"Lindsay Caruso to pitch, Haley Fry is the starting catcher and doing a great job, showing improvement in her game every day. Haley Bonner is starting at shortstop, and is doing a good job there. Kayla Gipner stepping up at first base and getting better every week. Sierra Graske and Christine Turner are our team captains and are the only two with prior Fort Mill softball experience what so ever, are helping bring these young ladies along and playing in the outfield.
Melody Nesbitt was a transfer in from another school that has really been a boost as a utility player for us. She is playing anywhere we need her right now. And the other members of the team are working hard to improve and get some playing time and experience. It's going to take time to turn it around , but we'll work on it one day at the time."
• March 19 vs. Great Falls,
• March 20 at Northwestern,
• March 24 at Nation Ford,