It is hard for a team to win a game when it has players who become injured during the game or players who are already on the disabled list. The Comanche Lady Indians learned this small fact when they played the Sulphur Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Comanche 12-1 and two Lady Indians were injured in the game.
Comanche coach Chris Dobbins said that having players injured during the season is a tough thing, but it does happen sometimes.
“We had a couple players (Tuesday) take a few bumps and bruises, but those are just some of the things that happen in softball,” Dobbins said. “Hopefully everybody is fine and we will get past these and ready to play again this week.”
Senior center fielder Chelsea Couch will be having knee surgery on Thursday and is said to be out for three weeks. Dobbins said that the team is missing her speed and spark.
“Chelsea has got a ton of speed and is our leadoff hitter, and she has been missed so far,” Dobbins said. “She is one of those players who just provides that spark that we need.”
In Tuesday night’s game, senior catcher Staci Townsend took a knee to the thigh in a collision at the plate and Ale Jennings took an inside pitch on the elbow. The inside pitch gave some teammates and fans a scare because of the broken wrist that Jennings suffered last year.
“It’s not that you get afraid of her re-injuring herself because she was in a different spot,” Dobbins said. “However, there is always that scare that we do not want to have any of our players injured.”
Sophomore pitcher Laney Ledford took the loss for the Lady Indians, giving up nine walks and seven hits.
“Laney had an off night tonight and was battling from a bad back,” Dobbins said. “Normally she only walks one or two batters, but with her back being sore, it had some affect on her game tonight.”
The Lady Indians erred eight fairly routine plays in the game with some mistakes — mistakes that Dobbins told his team can not be made.
“If we want to win ball games we can not make those kinds of mistakes,” Dobbins said. “We have to make every routine play that we can and not give up.”
Dobbins added even though he has a young team this year, he is hoping a few freshmen grow up sooner rather than later.
“We are having to have some of our freshmen grow up and fill in spots that they need to fill,” Dobbins said. “These girls have been doing a great job in trying to fill in some of the roles. I have told these girls that the one thing we are not going to be lacking in this year is effort.”
— Matt Tillson is a reporter for the Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 Ext. 143 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.