Two innings derailed the Lakeside High School softball home and season opener Wednesday night against Burke County.
The Lady Panthers committed three third-inning errors and two in the fourth, helping account for seven of Burke County’s eight runs, falling to the Lady Bears 8-4.
“We’re working on cutting the errors down and it’s just going to take practice,” said Lady Panthers’ coach Andrew Durham.
In the loss, sophomore Kiara Lee stood out from the rest. The Lady Panthers’ second baseman kept her team in the game, pounding out three of the team’s four hits. She doubled home a run in the first inning, hit a solo home run over the right-centerfield fence in the fourth then added a two-run blast to left-center in the sixth.
“It was amazing, I’ve never done that before,” said Lee.
Durham likes the collection of hitters he has on the team including his young second baseman.
“She had a great day today,” Durham said. “She’s going to be strong for us in the future.”
The defensive effort also negated a strong showing from sophomore pitcher Madison Kubala, who allowed the eight runs (three earned) on eight hits with a strikeout.
Like with Lee, Durham likes the potential his young hurler is exhibiting.
“She’s going to be a strong pitcher,” he said. “She’s a great pitcher for us and she can last all game, something that’s pretty crucial.”