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CAC SOFTBALL Loss to Nashville left a mark

Central Arkansas Christian’s softball team had a rude welcome from the defending state champion last week, but coach Amy Zini is hopeful that better days are ahead.

Coming out of spring break, CAC (2-7) lost its 7-4A conference opener to Nashville, 10-0. The Lady Scrappers hosted last year’s Class 4A State Tournament before beating Pottsville in the state championship game, 4-0.

“We knew that was going to be a hard game,” Zini said Sunday about the trip to southwest Arkansas. “They’re good. We basically fell apart on errors. Of their 10 runs, five were unearned. I could tell we were still rusty from Spring Break. Of course, that’s everybody.”

But the young Lady Mustangs, perhaps, are more prone to such a circumstance than others.

The Lady Mustangs were supposed to open conference play against Arkansas Baptist on Monday following Spring Break, but weather forced that game to be rescheduled for April 22.

Their scheduled appearance in the Batesville Tournament on Saturday was also postponed because of weather. Zini said that event would be played on April 20.

CAC was to have played another conference game at Arkadelphia on Monday. Zini was hopeful Sunday that that game would go on as scheduled. The Lady Mustangs were to play host to Benton Harmony Grove on Tuesday. They will continue a home stand against Sylvan Hills on Thursday and conference opponents Bauxite on Friday and Malvern on Monday, April 8.

Malvern advanced to the regional tournament last year.

“We’re hoping to be able to get some wins,” Zini said, pointing especially to the conference games. “We’re going to give it our best shot. We’re pretty confident. I don’t know just a whole lot about them, but from what I’m hearing, we feel pretty good we can possibly get some wins.”

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