SARASOTA — A team that starts just one senior, one junior, three sophomores and four freshmen is bound to make some mistakes.
Countryside’s youth and inexperience translated into several costly errors in a 7-3 loss to Sarasota in the 6A-7 semifinals.
“We just made a few too many (mistakes) tonight,” Countryside coach Kaylyn Bayly said.
Eryn Rowe pitched two perfect innings to start the game for the Cougars (19-7), who took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Savannah Parker’s two-out RBI single to centerfield.
But the Countryside defense unraveled in the next three innings. The Sailors took advantage of consecutive throwing errors in the bottom of the third to tie 1-all. Sarasota (23-2) added two more runs in the fourth and plated four in the fifth, in which Rowe faced nine batters.
The Cougars scratched out a run in the sixth on Kristin Hubbard’s RBI groundout. In the seventh, Alyssa Householder made it to third base after the centerfielder misplayed her base hit. She scored when Alyssa Queen reached on another Sarasota error. But pitcher Sam Messer retired the side to end the game.
“Obviously the future looks pretty bright considering what we had on the field today,” Bayly said. “There were some freshman mistakes today, and that happens. We made too many errors, and that’s the bottom line."