Beck records 11 K’s in Lady Bulldogs’ loss

Ascension Catholic’s Bailey Acosta is tagged out a first base in the 8-3 loss to Parkview Baptist last Thursday.

The Ascension Catholic Softball team (1-1) went down swinging in an 8-3 home loss to Parkview Baptist last Thursday. After leading 3-1 going into the top of the fifth inning, the Lady Bulldogs seemed to be in control. However, Parkview Baptist connected with a few of sophomore pitcher Julia Beck’s balls and brought three runners in the top of the fifth to take the lead. From there, ACHS’ defense would never recover, while the offense failed to touch homeplate again.

First year head coach Brandi Hahn said Parkview Baptist made adjustments to ACHS’ defense “and to our pitching.”

“We made adjustments but we didn’t have timely hits and I felt like we did hit the ball pretty solid but a lot of times it was at people,” Hahn said.

“It just comes down to leaving too many base runners on base but we’re going to capitalize from this, learn from it and move forward.”

Beck (1-1) finished the afternoon with 11 strikeouts and recorded double, and run batted in, and scored a run herself.

Parkview Baptist was the second-straight 3A school the Lady Bulldogs had seen last week, after coming off of a win against Berwick just days before this loss. Hahn said facing bigger and stronger teams is only helping the team prepare for the remainder of the season.

“The reason we go through a season is to learn from mistakes, situations that you put yourself in so that next time you come to practice or at the next game you can address those issues,” Hahn said.

The Lady Bulldogs’ young season has kept a few players out due to participation in other sports and the winter weather has even taken some down in illness.

“The flu, strep throat and quite a few illnesses have our team in a bind right now and also we had so girls we are proud to have who are representing the powerlifting team,” Hahn said. “We don’t have all of our team together right now, but when all of them come together we’ll flow a little better.”

Hahn added, “I thought we did well tonight we just couldn’t capitalize on the base runners that we had.”

The Lady Bulldogs will compete in a St. Amant tournament this weekend, and will return home on March 12 to host Assumption.