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MAUMELLE SOFTBALL Cutting down on errors key for Hornets

Maumelle softball Coach Jayme McCoy kept lamenting how her Hornets would play one bad inning those dooming them. Well, the tide has turned. Riding a two-game winning streak, Maumelle defeated conference members Dover, 7-4, and Waldron, 3-2, last week.

“We cut out the stupid inning,” McCoy said. “We were right where we needed to be and making things happen, and our pitcher wasn’t overthrowing.”

The Hornets (3-4, 2-2 4A-4) had been hitting well and were scoring runs. They were just making senseless errors. After the first win, McCoy talked to her team and brought up what was different. The errors were less, and the Hornets realized what a difference that makes.

Cutting down on the errors has helped pitcher Faith Melton. She would try to carry the team and thus overthrow. Now, she is also pitching better and throwing where she needs to be throwing. McCoy also praised the play of third baseman Shelby Holliday and said it is hard for the opponents to get a ball past third base.

As for offense, McCoy said Maumelle is turning in a team performance. The Hornets are finally putting bunts down when needed, are putting people in scoring position and getting timely hits.

“Bunting is not about ability,” McCoy said. “It’s a want, and we are starting to do that well.”

Last night, Maumelle traveled to Dardanelle for another conference meeting and then host conference foe Mena on Friday.

“We are still working on defense and on situational things like squeeze plays and bunts,” McCoy said. “They believe they can now.”

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