In a four-loss week for the Princeton High School softball team, the team’s best game, strangely, came against Rogers, at 7-0 the first-place team in the Mississippi 8 Conference.
Last week, the Tigers lost 3-0 on Tuesday at Rogers and then lost 10-0 in six innings at home vs. Monticello (3-5 in the M8) on Thursday.
Princeton played two games at Grand Rapids on Saturday, losing 12-0 to Hermantown (3-1 season record) and then losing 13-3 to Grand Rapids (5-3) in the second game of the day.
The defense has been good, Coach Mandee Allen said, with no errors in the Rogers and Hermantown games, and two errors in the other two losses.
“The defense has been consistent,” she said, “but right now our pitching and hitting are inconsistent.”
Allen said the pitchers need to hit their locations better and she’s not sure what is going on with the hitting.
“”A lack of confidence and overthinking could be issues,” she said. “Our top hitters from last year are in a slump right now and we need them to come out of it soon.”
Allen said Princeton hasn’t faced a real dominant pitcher. “Every pitcher we have faced we should have been able to capitalize on,” she said.
The top averages in the team’s 0-7 start are Kennedy Johnson at .389, Anna Dahlen at .316 and Danika Rademacher at .294.
The Tigers have a game at Cambridge today (May 2), play Milaca here in an 8 p.m. game Monday, are at St. Francis next Tuesday and play North Branch here next Thursday.
The Royals scored a run in the first inning and two in the fifth as Dahlen did a good job of pitching, Allen said.
“Her changeup was good and her drop ball was working as well,” she said. “She gave up only seven hits against the only undefeated team in the conference.”
The Tigers had only three hits but did have some scoring chances and didn’t get any key hits, Allen said.
The defense played well, producing one of the two errorless games last week.
PRINCETON: Lindell 4-1; Dahlen 4-1; Chmielewski 3-1; Johnson 3-1; Dahlen 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.
The Tigers managed only three hits and struck out eight times
“We were too picky and the umpire wasn’t consistent with her strikes and balls and that got to our hitters,” Allen said.
Monticello led only 4-0 after four innings but scored five runs in the fifth inning to break the game open.
Rademacher pitched the first two innings and Dahlen the last four in the six-inning game that ended early because of the 10-run rule.
PRINCETON: Radamacher 2-1; Chmielewski 3-1; Johnson 3-1, 2B.
Princeton played Hermantown in a morning game and got only one hit, that by Dahlen in the fifth inning,
“We hit the ball (only two strikeouts) but it was right at them,” Allen said.
The game ended on a three-run walk-off homer in the fifth inning. Rademacher and Dahilen both pitched for the Tigers, and Rademacher pitched the Grand Rapids game.
Grand Rapids was the opponent in the afternoon game, which ended after five innings, although it was a 4-3 game, Grand Rapids leading, after three innings.
Princeton had five hits, scoring its three runs on wild pitches and errors.
“We hit OK,” said Allen, “but we haven’t improved our hitting since we got eight hits in our first game of the season against North Branch.”
PRINCETON: Rademacher 2-2; Braaten 2-1,R; Lindell 3-1, R; Johnson 2-1. R.