The SouthWest Edgecombe Lady Cougars had one thing in mind Tuesday when they traveled to Wilson to play the Beddingfield Lady Bruins and that was to beat the Bruins and have sole possession of first place in the Eastern Plains Conference. Things didn't work out like the Cougars and their head coach Jeff Gould had planned. They were defeated 9-2 and slipped into second place in the conference.
SouthWest falls to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in conference,
Gould said the coaching is to blame for the loss. He continued on to say really players win games and coaches are responsible for losses.
Cougars senior Kelsey Page started on the mound. She threw 2 2/3 innings before being relieved by her sister Kaylan Page. Kelsey gave up seven runs during her outing in which six of the runs were scored in the third inning. She walked five and struck out three. Kaylan gave up two runs in her 3 1/3 innings of work, while walking one.
"We got beat in every phase of the game from coaching to defense to offense," Gould said. "It is the responsibility of the coach to have his team prepared and ready to play and I didn't do a very good job of that."
SouthWest scored a run in the first and a run in the fourth inning. Collene Stallings and Kaylan Page each had an Rbi.
Chelsea Owens led the team offensively going 2-3 with two doubles. Stallings and Kaylan Page each had a hit apiece.
"We will continue to live by our philosophy of playing one game at a time, one
inning at a time and one pitch at a time," Gould said. "We cannot replay this game but only put this one behind us and move on to the next game."
The Cougars will be back in action today when they travel to play the Rocky Mount Lady Gryphons at 6 p.m.
SouthWest will return to action in the conference Friday when they host county and conference rivals the Tarboro Lady Vikings at 4:30 p.m.