Thursday, March 20, 2014
North Augusta’s softball team has gotten back to the basics.
The Jackets (5-1, 2-0 Region 5-AAAA) committed an uncharacteristic eight errors against Midland Valley in a 7-2 loss, according to head coach Derrick Quinn. In a rematch against the Mustangs, the Jackets blanked Midland Valley, winning 3-0. Since the first loss to Midland Valley, North Augusta has reeled off three straight wins.
“Well, we’ve just played softball like we know how,” Quinn said. “I mean, that game last week (against Midland Valley) was uncharacteristic. We made eight errors in the ballgame, which has never happened to me before and in the last three games we’ve made a total of three errors. We’re getting good, timely hitting and are playing solid softball.”
After the first loss of the season, the Jackets regrouped, according to Quinn.
“I think they realized they aren’t as good as they thought they were, in my opinion,” he said. “We went back to work and have looked better ever since.”
The arm of Meghan Whitfield has led the Jackets to two wins over region foes. North Augusta beat Lexington 13-3 and White Knoll 4-2, with Whitfield earning the win in each game.
While the Jackets have picked up five wins on the young season, Quinn still wants his team to improve and become a more complete team.
To improve on his team’s offense, Quinn is going to focus entirely on hitting during practice time.
North Augusta will travel to South Aiken for a game that was to have happened on Tuesday. The Jackets will then play Bluffton at home on Wednesday and Aiken at home on Friday. The Jackets will close the week with a doubleheader at Ashley Ridge on Saturday.