As is the case in any sport, coaches have to learn how to take the good with the bad. After a second-place finish at a recent all-star tournament in Williamsport, MD, the WV Renegades stumbled a bit in their most recent outing at the Mo’Town Mayhem travel softball tournament in Morgantown.
“The girls had an off day today and made some errors we normally never make and our bats went flat so we couldn’t get any runs generated,” said Renegades head coach Gary Chambers. “With the exception of the first loss, we played Class A teams.”
The Renegades are a Class B team that usually schedules tournaments within three or so hours from their home field. Class A teams are teams who generally travel the country participating in showcase tournaments.
“We struggled in our first game to get the bats going and lost to the Black Diamond Express out of Shinnston,” added Chambers. “Then we played an excellent game against the PA Lady Knights (a 16a team), losing 2-1. We then drew another excellent 16a team (the Lakeshore Lightning Gold) out of Annapolis, MD and lost that one as well.”
Those games took place in “pool play,” as it is called in travel sports, in which a variety of factors determine how a team gets seeded. Because the Renegades lost those first three games, they did not get seeded favorably and had to face the PA Lady Knights again in single-elimination play. The Renegades bolted out to an early 3-0 lead in that game only to squander the opportunity and eventually lost again to the Lady Knights.
The Renegades will be back in action this coming weekend as they travel to Wheeling to participate in the Ohio Valley Pride Fastpitch Tournament at the JB Chambers Baseball/Softball Complex. This facility is also home to the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinal baseball and softball teams.
“These girls are tough and I am positive that they will bounce back and become even better after being humbled,” stated Chambers. “I think in the long run a rough weekend will make them stronger and bring them closer together than ever before.”