After a solid pitching performance in last Friday’s season-opening win at Fort Campbell, Trigg struggled from the mound Monday. Whitney Cain started and was relieved by Dakotah Littlejohn before returning to finish the final inning.
“We’ve got to find the strike zone,” Trigg head coach Jim Perrin said of the Lady ‘Cat hurlers. “I think we’ve made some progress, but we’ve got a lot to learn.”
Trigg managed only three hits on the day, singles by Littlejohn, Cain and Ashlee McGee.
Trigg had no games scheduled during last week’s Spring Break. The team didn’t have a full practice until Friday and Saturday because several players had other priorities, Perrin said.
“Spring Break really hurt,” Perrin said. “We’ve got a lot of kids doing a lot of different things, so it’s not just Spring Break. I chewed them pretty good Saturday about the fact that I was expecting them to do some things on their own during the time off, and they didn’t. You can take a day off, but we’re not dealing with people like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez who can take a week off and still be pretty darn good. We need to be practicing every single day.”
Perrin said he sees positive progress within his team and thinks it can be built upon and increased.
“From my understanding of where things were last year, we’re definitely better,” Perrin said. “We’ve got a long way to go. We need a lot of improvement out of everybody.”
The Lady Wildcats played at home Tuesday against Todd County Central (results unavailable at press time).
Trigg is set to play Friday at Crittenden County, Monday at Todd County and next Tuesday at Lyon County.
Perrin said getting into a regular routine will be beneficial for the Lady ‘Cats.
“If we’re able to get out Wednesday and Thursday, our pitchers will be throwing a lot live,” Perrin said. “They need some work, but I don’t want to work them to death. Our bats need to get quicker, too. They were very slow [against Lyon].”
Perrin reiterated the kind of committment required to build a successful softball program, something he did at Christian County that propelled him to a stint at Austin Peay State University.
“People seem to consider softball an intramural-type program,” Perrin said. “If you want to be good at something, you’ve got to go out and bust your rear, put the time in and be dedicated. We’ve got to try to change some attitudes. They’re not bad kids, but they don’t really know how to get at it and be dedicated. The only solution to everything is hard work.”
Lyon County 12,
Trigg County 0
Monday @ Cadiz
Lyon 262 20 – 12
Trigg 000 00 – 0
Trigg: Cain (L)