A small game has developed among fans that go and watch the White Pine Ladycat softball team when they play at home. With the scoreboard at Marich Field having been out of commission this far into the season, many in attendance sporting the school’s white and blue colors try and keep track of the runs themselves.
It’s not as easy as it sounds.
The Ladycats scored a combined 63 runs and allowed only three in return on their home field in a double-header against Lake Mead Academy on Friday. But while most were trying to tally up all the scoring, head coach Krystal Smith was more impressed with her team’s effort on the other side of the ball.
“I really liked our defensive intensity,” Smith said. “It was definitely nice to see them stay focused throughout the game.”
The coach said that it is important to focus on doing the small things right, even in the face of a blowout win, because it will build good habits that will come into play in more competitive games.
“We talked about setting goals for ourselves in each game, so even when the score gets out of reach, they still have a goal that they are working towards accomplishing,” Smith continued.
So far the strategy has seemed to work over a soft spot in the Ladycats’ schedule. That focus on accomplishing individual goals has led to White Pine outscoring their opponents 173-11 over their last seven games.
“We’ve been patient on offense and been able to get some nice productivity at the plate,” the coach added.
Not all of that scoring is even coming from the starting lineup either. Smith said that the ability for her varsity team to put recent games out of reach in a hurry has allowed for extended playing time for the junior varsity players, which in turn adds depth and more experience to the team’s bench come the end of the season.
“They are performing well. The bar has been set by the upperclassmen but our JV has really followed suit,” Smith said.
The coach knows that things will get tougher however, starting with a 1 p.m. home double-header on Friday against Mountain View Christian.