Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

May 24, 2013

Giants’ offense slows them in sectional contest

By Justin Whitaker

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.

“We have some kids that are playing at the varsity level that really just got a little bit extra out of themselves this year,” Dowler said. “These kids were in over their heads a little bit but the good thing about it is they learned from it.”

With no seniors on the team this year, Dowler is looking forward to the hopeful future and growth of his squad.

“A lot of the girls that are out here are girls I haven’t gotten to coach until this year,” he said. “Last summer I got to see them a little bit but I didn’t get to coach them. This summer they are about to be coached. I definitely expect us to be a lot better.”

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.

“We have some kids that are playing at the varsity level that really just got a little bit extra out of themselves this year,” Dowler said. “These kids were in over their heads a little bit but the good thing about it is they learned from it.”

With no seniors on the team this year, Dowler is looking forward to the hopeful future and growth of his squad.

“A lot of the girls that are out here are girls I haven’t gotten to coach until this year,” he said. “Last summer I got to see them a little bit but I didn’t get to coach them. This summer they are about to be coached. I definitely expect us to be a lot better.”