Girls Varsity Softball · Frankfort tops Western Boone 6-2 in softball

Frankfort – There have been times this season when the Western Boone softball has put it all together and played the way they are capable of.

But finding that consistently has been the problem for Stars.

That was the case again on Thursday night at Frankfort. The Stars has played one of their better games of the season in a 10-5 win over the Hot Dogs on Tuesday, but reverted back to some of their bad habits Thursday in 6-2 loss.

“I hope we are close to a breakthrough,” Western Boone head coach Kendra Marshall said. “Tuesday night was one of our best games of the season and was a great game. I felt like we had turned a corner there, but tonight we came out and our heads weren’t between the lines tonight. We have to make sure our heads are between the lines, and play that level of softball.”

Both runs for the Stars came in the first inning.

They loaded the bases with one out with Hillary Reed being hit by a pitch, with Hannah Redlin and Molly Crawford drawing walks. Reed beat a throw home on a grounder to score the first run, and Victoria Grimes followed with an RBI-ground out to make it 2-0.

But the strands stranded two in that inning, which became a theme for the rest of the game. Western Boone had runners in six of the seven innings, but stranded eight and hit into a double play.

“We have had that a lot this season, where we can get girls on, but then don’t drive them in,” Marshall said. “We have to find a way to get them across the plate.”

The Hot Dogs tied the game in the bottom of the first, and took a 3-2 lead in the third, capitalizing on a two-out error by the Stars.

Another error helped spark a 1-out rally for the Hot Dogs in the fourth, and led to three runs and a 6-2 lead they would hold the rest of the game.

“The mental part killed us tonight,” Marshall said. “If we have an error, we have to put it past us and not let it cause a big inning. That’s been a battle for us all season and we have to find a way to fight it.”

Western Boone has allowed 71 unearned runs in 17 games game, more than four a game.

Marshall said improving the mental side of things will cut those numbers way down and keep the Stars in games.

“We have had a lot of conversations about how that mental part is 80 percent of the game,” Marshall said. “If we can’t get past that and play as one unit, we are going to struggle the rest of the season. We have some people getting past in some games, others in other games, we have to find it together and move forward.”

Reed and Redlin had the lone hits for the Stars. Redlin also drew two walks.

Western Boone will be busy in the final days of the regular season.

They travel to Tri-West today, to Lawrence North for a double-header on Saturday, then have games on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week.

“The season hasn’t gone exactly the way we thought it would, but the goal now is to make sure we are playing our best softball going into the sectional,” Marshall said. “We can absolutely do it, we just have to make that decision and make that turn.”