Errors hurt Rockdale in 5-1 loss

CONYERS - The Rockdale softball team committed five errors and managed only two hits in a 5-1 loss to Southwest DeKalb on Tuesday at the Earl O'Neal Sports Complex.

Rockdale pitcher Stephanie Scaffe gave up seven hits with the team committing five errors.

"Errors killed us. Not everybody had their head in the game," Rockdale assistant coach Holly Kelly said.

Rockdale's offense started out slowly with Lady Panthers pitcher Imani Gayle striking out four of the first nine batters. Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, it didn't get much better after that.

The Lady Bulldogs (0-2 overall) had hits by Quilla Franklin and Scaffe with Katie Ferrell and Scaffe getting on base as a result of an error.

"We're not hitting the ball now," Kelly said. "A couple of people hit decently. Besides that, there was nothing good to the game. That's all we got right now."

In seven innings of work, Scaffe had three walks and fanned seven batters.

"Right now, we have to work a lot and work on our hitting a lot," Kelly said. "I think we have the potential to get better as the season progresses. Today's game, we were not there at all."

Southwest DeKalb was in position to take an early lead, loading the bases with one out in the top of the first inning.

But Kaitlin Overstreet caught a pop fly for the second out before Scaffe got a strikeout to end the threat.

The game remained scoreless until the third when Southwest's Trenece Nash smashed an RBI triple.

The Lady Panthers tried to extend their lead, but Rockdale's Kara Johnson was able to tag Nash at the plate to end the inning.

The Lady Bulldogs did manage to tie the game when Franklin scored on an Overstreet grounder.

However, in the fifth inning, Southwest DeKalb scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead.

"Everybody just got down. That's all that it was," Kelly said. "We have to stay up the whole game, that's about it."

The Lady Panthers scored their final run of the contest in the sixth inning on a blooper by Davynn Brown.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.