By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
MOOREVILLE - There is always room for improvement.
And sometimes in the most unlikely places - like the Mooreville Lady Troopers fast-pitch softball team.
Head coach Perry Wilburn had been looking for some consistent run support this season, and Tuesday his Lady Troopers delivered with a 12-0 victory against Region 1-3A opponent the Kossuth Lady Aggies.
"We kind of hit the ball tonight," said Wilburn, whose Lady Troopers improved to 12-2 overall, and 2-0 in region play. "We hadn't been able to score much, and the times we've hit, we've hit right at someone.
"Tonight, we got some hits and scored some runs."
If Wilburn had been worried about Mooreville hitting the ball right at someone, over the fence is one place no fielders can catch the ball. Mooreville went over the fence three times this contest.
What had been a scoreless game into the bottom of the third quickly became an easy win for Mooreville.
Laykn Nelson had the first big swing for the Lady Troopers in the bottom of the third, a deep three-run home run to centerfield. Mooreville scored five times in the frame to take a 5-0 lead.
Mooreville continued its home run trend in the fourth inning.
Rachel Tally poked a two-run home, followed by a three-run home run by Shelby Howell as Mooreville grabbed a comfortable 12-0 lead.
"We're not hitting as a team like we were last year," Wilburn said. "I think we will be before the season is over, but not right now."
The Lady Troopers bats made an easy winner of Elizabeth Woolven (11-1). The Mooreville lefty allowed only one hit and struck out 12 in five innings of work.
"We're rebuilding, but we're still in the hunt," said Kossuth coach Alan Wood, whose Lady Aggies (7-9, 2-1) are battling some injuries right now. "We've got to find a way to score, and as we found out tonight, our pitchers have to stay ahead in the count."