WILLIAMS - The Lady Vikings played tough, competitive softball during a double header against Camp Verde April 6. In what turned out to be a pitching battle, the Lady Vikes fell to Camp Verde 3-0 in the first game of the afternoon.
Pitcher Ashley Bean held Camp Verde scoreless into the top of the sixth inning. Camp Verde then capitalized on Viking errors to score three runs handing the Lady Vikes a 3-0 loss.
"It basically was a pitching game all the way through and then we had a couple of errors," Brown said. "It was a good close game all the way but we never could get our bats going."
Tasha Bowden took the mound in the second game of the afternoon.
The Lady Vikes came out swinging, putting three runs on the board in the first inning and two more in the second. Camp Verde answered with a run of their own in the second.
"We had a breakdown in the third and fourth innings where they scored a bunch," Brown said.
The Lady Vikes held on scoring two runs in the fourth on a homerun from Ashley Bean but were unable to connect with the ball in the seventh inning losing a second game to Camp Verde 14-7.
"The bats went dead again," Brown said. "You know it's one of the things we're working on. Trying to get our bats going. No batting and then we start making errors, that's not going to make it. With anything, if you have a little success things come together. We're trying too hard. We need to relax and have fun and get the job done."
The Lady Vikes traveled to Sedona April 8 losing 11-1 in five innings.
Brown said connecting with the ball and creating offense continued to give the Lady Vikes problems.
"It was another one of those stories where we couldn't get our bats going and in that game Sedona was hitting some quality hits on us," Brown said. "It wasn't like we had a lot of errors or anything. We just couldn't hit the ball."
In their final game of the week, the LadyVikes faced undefeated Bagdad in a second away game.
Brown said the girls' bats finally came alive.
"We were getting hits and it went all the way down to the end," he said.
In a close game, the Lady Vikes lost to Bagdad 5-6.
"That was a really good game we played there," Brown said. "They're a 1A team but a really good 1A team. We were right there with them but we just can't get over the hump."
The Lady Vikes are now 14-8 overall including pre-season tournaments.