It didn’t take very long for the Lone Grove fastpitch softball team to show it meant business Monday.
In fact, it took all of six batters.
Morgan Copeland’s double, one of her three extra-base hits of the game, opened a 4-0 first inning lead that the Longhorns never relinquished in a 17-2 thumping of host Madill that lasted all of four innings.
Lone Grove picked up 12 hits in the win, led by Copeland’s two doubles and a home run in the third that essentially closed off any chance of a late Madill comeback.
“We swung the bats pretty well,” Lone Grove head coach Jimmy Miller said. “I was pretty impressed.”
After the first week of regular season play, the Longhorns sit at 4-3. And while Miller is not exactly sure what his squad will be capable of on the season, he is excited about the possibilities.
“Down the road, we have to shore up some things defensively and keep our emotions on an even keel,” Miller said. “But there’s a lot of possibilities for us down the road if we continue to improve.”
Madill, on the other hand, will need to make adjustments, and quickly, something coach Taralee McReynolds acknowledged.
“There are just way too many errors,” McReynolds said. “I’m sure that because its early in the season with a lot of young girls that plays a part, but there’s no excuses.
“We have to do the little things right.”