It hasn’t been the ideal start to the 2014 softball season for Coach Erin Reed and her Manchester Lady Greyhounds, as the Lady Hounds dropped to 0-2 on Tuesday with an 11-2 loss to the Eastern Lady Warriors. That defeat, coming on the heels of a 12-1 loss to Portsmouth Clay on Monday afternoon, left Manchester at 0-2 after their first two contests of the spring.
In their first Southern Hills Athletic Conference action, the Lady Hounds hosted Eastern and it was the visitors who broke out the big bats for the 11-2 triumph. The Lady Warriors were paced by Hannah Dotson, who was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. The winning pitcher for Eastern was Kayla Purdy, who struck out 8 Manchester hitters in seven innings of work.
At the plate for the Lady Hounds, it was Delaney Young banging out a pair of hits, including a double, and driving in two runs. Brooke Henley added a two-bagger while Brett Himes and Kelsey Friend scored the two Manchester runs.
On the mound, Henley took the loss but deserved a better fate as her defense struggled at times. Hensley threw 7 innings, struck out 5, and only 4 of the 11 Eastern runs were earned.
The onset of the wet spring weather on Thursday forced the cancellation of the Lady Hounds’ game on Thursday with West Union and then Saturday with St. Patrick. The Lady Hounds will finally be back in action, weather permitting, next Tuesday at North Adams in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play.