Sweet Springs Leave Bitter Taste For Lady Cardinals

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Lincoln Lady Cardinals lost to Sweet Springs  at home on Friday night 4-1 to fall to 2-1 on the season after manhandling Windsor 25-0 and Archie 14-2, The Lady Cardinal ran up against one of the best teams they will face this season.
The game was like getting out on the wrong side of bed in the morning and having little go your way for the rest of the day. If you are superstitious then that doesn’t help either as it was #13 against #13 on the pitching mound. 
The Lady Cardinals couldn’t get a rhythm going. Senior starting pitcher Aleah Paxton had control problems early and Sweet Springs Kylee Winfrey kept Lincoln’s hitters off balance with a good mixture of fast balls and off speed stuff. When they did hit the ball hard it was usually right at somebody. Winfrey did hit three batters but worked her way out of trouble. A couple of balls were misplayed in the outfield by Sweet Springs but again a couple of  base running errors cost the Lady Cardinals dearly.
Sweet Springs scored a run in the first and one in the second. Lincoln’s only run came in the second with the bases loaded and Genesis Smith being hit by a pitch.
Sweet Springs scored two in the fifth. Lincoln came up hacking in their last at bats and went down leaving Haley Mackey on second after she had doubled to center field.
Last year, Sweet Springs won 8-7 after Lincoln came back with a six run sixth inning to tie the game only to give up a run in the seventh.
Mackey was 2-4 and Lyndsey Koll was 2-4 and scored their only run. They struck out eight times with no walks as Winfey threw strikes.
Paxton admitted that she struggled with her nerves early knowing this would be a tough game. She allowed six hits and walked five while striking out two. Lincoln left seven batters on base.
As Coach Chris Sanders said,” I know these girls, they’ll bounce back.”