SOUTHPORT — The Ben Davis softball team’s defense was stout last Wednesday, they just had trouble mustering any offense.
The Giants fell 1-0 to Decatur Central in the sectional opener without registering a hit.
“When you see high-level pitching you just can’t adjust during a game,” Ben Davis coach Demetrius Dowler said. “We tried yesterday and the day before but you try in the batting cage all year long. She’s one of the best pitchers we’ve faced all year long. When you don’t get to see that caliber of a pitcher day in and day out and get up to it, adjustments just aren’t easy to be made especially when you have young kids who don’t have much varsity experience.”
Decatur Central sophomore pitcher Breena Smith threw eight strikeouts with only one walk. The Giants’ Kasandra Perez was walked in the fifth but Ben Davis was unable to take advantage.
Giants freshman pitcher Kaitlyn McDonald gave up six hits, with only the second inning as the only time she allowed more than one hit in an inning.
The game-winning run by the Hawks was scored in the second inning off a Katie Arnold double.
McDonald threw a composed game and the rest of the Giants defense backed her up.
“She pitched a great game,” Dowler said. “That’s what we wanted to do, keep the game within reach. She did an excellent job but she’s got to give the defense credit because the girls behind were playing. We made every play, there wasn’t a play we didn’t make out there besides a fly ball here and there. But even then I was very proud of the way they came out.”
Ben Davis returned only two starters and had eight seniors graduate from last season’s squad.