Bartlett Yancey softball lost games against Tunstall and Chatham Central by lopsided scores last week before bouncing back last Wednesday with a win against Northeast Guilford.
The Bucs (5-6, 1-1) began the week's competition hosting Tunstall (4-2) in an 18-5 drubbing that was called after five innings. They then lost to 15-1 to undefeated conference rival Chatham Central in a game the Bucs kept close in the early going.
Also against Chatham Central the Bucs lost sophomore Ava Talley, their pitcher and one of their top hitters, to a knee injury, according to coach Brian Chandler. It was unclear how long she'd be out of action.
The Bucs closed out the week's action downing struggling Northeast Guilford (2-4) 12-6.
After the home loss to Tunstall to begin the week, Chandler huddled with his players and expressed his disappointment.
“I just told them we had to have 100 percent hustle,” he said. “We had no hustle.”
In that game, Tunstall's Trojans announced their presence early. They slugged in six runs in the first inning, another two in the second and three in the third before the Bucs could answer.
Behind 11-0, BY came alive in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs. Talley got it started with a triple that brought in Bethany Solomon and Tamila Hopkins.
The Bucs had seven hits in the game, led by Solomon and Alannah Kelly, who had two hits each.
Against Chatham Central's Bears, BY was down 7-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, when Kelly scored. The Bears, who out hit the Bucs 14 to six, brought in another eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the win.
Against Northeast, the Bucs had 10 hits, led by Kelly with three and Solomon with two.
This week BY was scheduled to face a couple more conference team – Seaforth (1-5, 1-1) on the road Tuesday and Jordan Matthews (5-2, 1-0) on the road Friday.