Sunshine Girls: Morristown loses wild game in Florida
The 13-14 Morristown girls pose in the outfield before opening the Southeast Regional Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida on Saturday. The Morristown squad, who is representing Tennessee opened the tournament with a 12-8 loss against Virginia. The team will play West Virginia on Monday at 4:30 p.m..
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – With a first pitch starting at 10 a.m. and the last pitch ending after 6 p.m., the Morristown 13-14 girls team were shown first hand how crazy Florida’s weather could be. After enduring two lightning delays and a long rain delay, the Morristown team representing Tennessee fell to Virginia 12-8 in the opening round of pool play in the Southeast Regional Tournament.
Morristown will face West Virginia on Monday at 4:30, in hopes of a victory, which will help their cause in qualifying for bracket play that starts in the middle of the week.
Morristown coach Scottie Kesterson said the day was the longest softball experience he and his team had ever experienced.
“Not only did we have to deal with a bunch of interruptions, we had to deal with some exhaustive heat,” said Kesterson. “The girls, the fans, and the coaches are tired at this point already. But, we’ve got to stay focused. I felt like the humidity was our downfall. We had trouble adjusting to the heat. Our pitching, defense, and hitting did not perform like I know they can. We had a few bright spots today, but we have to play much better in this tournament. Hopefully, we can all refocus and play extremely well against West Virginia on Monday.”
Morristown jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. The inning was highlighted by an RBI single from Toria Carbonaro. However, Virginia responded with a four-run fourth to tie the game at 4 apiece.
Morristown added two runs in the fourth inning behind a RBI double from Erin Foster and a RBI single from Mollie Cornett. The new lead did not last long for Morristown as Virginia scored the next eight runs of the game behind a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Kesterson said the home run was the big hit in the game.
“That home run took a lot of us because we had just gotten back to the field after one of the longer breaks,” added Kesterson. “We just have to regroup on Monday. If we can regroup, we will be just fine.”
Morristown took advantage of wild pitching by Virginia in the sixth, but two runs on passed balls was all they could manage in the late comeback effort.
-From Staff Reports