Jay softball coach Samie Watson knew the 2017 season would be a time of rebuilding.
The youth of her team was on display last week in their opening games against Adair and Vinita.
Mistakes led to an 18-0 loss to Adair and a 12-0 defeat at Vinita.
“When you are growing and learning there will be bumps and bruises,” said Watson. “We knew were going to be rebuilding this year. It is sometimes like this in the process.”
Jay took on Adair in the opening game on the road. The Lady Warriors are slated to be one of the elite in teams in Class 3A when the first rankings of the season are published.
“You win or you learn. Right now we are making mistakes from them and learning from it,” said Watson.
The 18 errors resulted in 15 unearned runs for Adair who also had 13 hits in the game.
Junior Regan Dry had one walk and one strike out with 77 pitches thrown in the game.
The lone hit from the Lady Bulldogs came from senior Ashley Davidson in the second inning.
“We are teaching the girls how to play the game, more than us controlling every aspect of the game,” said Watson.
The error woes continued for the Lady Bulldogs as they took on Vinita, but not as bad in the opening game with Adair.
Jay committed eight errors in the game and those errors resulted in seven unearned runs.
Senior Jade Frazier pitched in her first varsity game in over two years with six hits, six walks and a strikeouts.
Sophomore Sydney Taylor went 2-2 at the plate for the Lady Bulldogs with only Jay hits.
“You win or you learn. We are in the process of learning,” said Watson.
Jay played at Grove on Tuesday before traveling to Miami on Thursday, August 17, to Keys on Friday, August 18, to Claremore Sequoyah on Monday, August 21, before returning home to host Miami on Tuesday, August 22.