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EAST BREMERTON — The Olympic Trojans answered the call in the bottom of the first inning after falling behind by four runs to the visiting Port Angeles Roughriders.

But the Riders proved too much of an offensive threat, and combined with some defensive mistakes, the Trojans couldn’t keep up with Port Angeles Friday afternoon at the Fairgrounds as PA won 14-6.

The matchup was between the Olympic League 2A’s No. 1 team, Port Angeles, and Olympic, who is now in fourth place after the loss.

Olympic’s Brittany Stranger, left, throws in from left field during an Olympic League 2A softball game Friday, April 20, 2018, against Port Angeles.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

The Trojans were nearly 2 1/2 weeks between games due to spring break (in early April) and the recent spate of rainy weather. Olympic coach Jessica Cabato doesn’t want her players to use that as an excuse but saw some mental rust that wouldn’t have been there if they had been playing regularly.

Cabato said the biggest issue facing Olympic is a complacency that hits the team mid-game.

“Our post-game conversation was about coaches can’t teach will to win,” she said. “We can’t teach energy. That’s what we’re lacking right now. We’re kind of showing up and just letting the other teams control the tempo of the games and setting the tone.”

Center fielder Kiki Mitchell makes a leaping grab on a fly ball hit by Port Angeles’ Natalie Steinman during an Olympic League softball game Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Fairgrounds.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

The Trojans did spot PA a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Then came back to score three runs in the bottom half of the inning on a bases-loaded walk and a Dani Snyder two-run single that made it 4-3.

Molly Gates, who finished the day with two doubles and a triple, drove in Ashlyn Morris on the three-bagger to tie the score at 4-4.

But the Roughriders took the lead for good in the third as complacency and errors hurt Olympic.

“They aren’t where they need to be and that’s the frustrating part,” said Cabato.

PA added runs in the fifth and seventh to increase the score to 14-4. Gates’ RBI double to right scored Morris, who had reached on a walk (her third of the game), and a Morgan Kroesser shot up the middle scored Gates. Kaira Cabato followed with a hard hit that sliced past the third baseman and shortstop to score Kroesser for the final score.

Morris said the Trojans start their games well, with plenty of fire and willingness.

“But it just seems this game we kind of died off around the third (inning),” she said. “With other teams we’re consistent all the way through. I don’t know. I don’t want to say it’s something about this team itself but we’re a good team together.

“We have good energy whenever we want to come onto the field but I have to say it’s probably becuase of the week we took off of not playing softball,” Morris continued. “We just kind of disassembled a little bit.”

Olympic third baseman Kaira Cabato puts the tag on Port Angeles’ Hope O’Conner during an Olympic League 2A softball game at the Fairgrounds Friday, April 20, 2018. Port Angeles won 14-6.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Olympic – 2A

 Conf.   Overall
Port Angeles 7 0 10 1
North Kitsap 4 2 7 3
Sequim 4 3 4 8
Olympic 3 2 6 3
North Mason 1 4 3 9
Bremerton 1 5 2 7
Kingston 0 5 0 8
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