Metamora softball hits rough week

Justin Miller
Heather Morris prepares to run for the Redbirds during the East Peoria game April 30 on the road.

Even the best teams stumble time to time.

Metamora's softball team lost to Mid-Illini Conference rival East Peoria, 4-1, on the road April 30.

"We have to get better to realize our full potential," coach Deric Linder said. "We had a lot of baserunners but it takes two or three players all working together to consistently get the runs in."

Erica Phillips took the start on the mound and struck out one batter.

Kyler Samp went two-for-four with the only Redbird RBI.

The team then fell to Normal Community, 4-3, at home May 1.

"We were better and fought until the end," Linder said. "Erica made some nice adjustments from the night before and will continue to lead the team with her pitching."

Tjaden started on the mound and struck out five batters.

Phillips cracked a double during the game and Kara Hartnett and Heather Morris each had an RBI during the game.

The team hosted Dunlap Thursday and won a 7-1 conference game.

The Redbirds started the scoring with two runs in the third inning and never looked back.

Phillips struck out nine batters on the way to the win.

Hartnett cracked three RBIs on a double and a triple during the game.

The team next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Morton.

"We schedule good teams to learn to play with pressure on us," Linder said. "We have learned to put failures behind us and look for opportunities in the future."