By MICHAEL KELLY
Recorder Sports Staff
BROADALBIN -- From the outset, it was clear that the experience of Friday's softball game against perennial Section II power South Glens Falls was going to be more beneficial to the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots than the result on the scoreboard.
"When you get into games like this, you need to learn from what you see from the other teams," B-P head coach Harrie Washburn said.
For a young squad of Lady Patriots, there was a lot to learn from the Lady Bulldogs' 18-0 defeat of the home team in six innings. With a potent lineup from start to finish and pitcher Sam Hubinsky firing strike after strike, B-P was able to see the full arsenal of one of the area's best teams.
South Glens Falls (11-2, 7-0 Foothills Council) registered eight runs in the opening inning, as Mallory Celeste's three-RBI triple broke the game open. Errors hurt B-P (4-4, 4-3) early in the game, as the club committed two miscues in the first inning.
"Against a team like that, you have to make all the plays," said Washburn. "You can't give them extra outs, and we did that today."
But the contest provided a chance for Washburn to use live-game situations to teach his team. Seemingly at the end of each inning, Washburn was taking a different player aside to go over how to correct a mistake, while instructions were bellowed out to the players mid-inning to go over the finer points of several just-completed plays.
"It's a constant teaching experience out there," said Washburn. "I'm just trying to let them know what to think of ahead of time."
"We're really trying to have the mentality that we can win any game on any day, beat any team," said senior Caitlin Rasefske, who played catcher and center field Friday. "So, Coach is trying to help us as much as he can and keep our spirits up, especially in the unfortunate situation like today when we're losing by so much."
After the Lady Bulldogs' eight-run start, B-P pitcher Courtney Oare was able to regroup for the next few innings, along with the rest of the Lady Patriots. Following the rough beginning, B-P held South Glens Falls to three combined runs during the next three innings, before allowing three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to bring the mercy rule into effect.
"We wanted to take it inning by inning and hope for the best," B-P's Nicole Traver said.
But the B-P bats were unable to ever get anything going against Hubinsky. Rasefske and Traver were the only Lady Patriots to reach base, as each singled and Traver also reached base after getting hit by an inside pitch. Despite the lack of success on offense, the Lady Patriots tried to stay upbeat on the bench, cheering each of their batters on at the plate even as the deficit mounted.
"The key to these types of games is to stay positive and work as hard as you can every inning," Rasefske said.
For the most part, B-P has accomplished that aim this season. Despite a youthful team with few players owning experience at the varsity level, Friday's lopsided loss only dropped the Lady Patriots' record to .500.
"We've been able to make plays on defense and support each other," said Traver. "That's been pushing us to do good."
While Friday's loss was a setback, B-P seemed ready to shake it off as soon as the contest was finished.
"We've just got to forget about it," said Washburn. "We've got Scotia on Monday and they're going to be out for revenge."
Earlier this season, B-P beat the Tartans, 1-0. The rematch will be in Broadalbin.