DANVILLE — Just fielding a team has to be considered a success this season for the Danville Area Community College softball program.
The Jaguars missed the entire 2013 campaign because of a lack of numbers.
Not only has first-year coach Erika Harris gotten DACC back on the softball field this spring, but the program’s very first win of the season came on March 20 against the nationally-ranked Parkland College Cobras in Champaign.
On Saturday afternoon at Winter Park, the No. 5 Cobras swept the Jaguars, winning the opener 8-3 and then holding off a seventh-inning comeback to win the second game 10-6.
“It’s very important to have DACC softball back in the league,’’ said Parkland coach Chuck Clutts. “This group is very competitive. They haven’t always had the numbers and they’ve struggled at times, but people need to pay attention when you have to play them.
“And that counts us, because they did beat us earlier this year.’’
The Cobras (18-5 overall, 10-2 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference) have won nine out of 10 games in the conference since that loss to the Jaguars.
On Saturday afternoon, Parkland took advantage of a few defensive miscues for a four-run sixth innings in the first game, breaking open a 4-3 game, and then it was seven-run fifth inning in the second game, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 9-3 lead.
“We are 16 games into the season and we should know that mental errors or simple mistakes are going open up the games,’’ said DACC assistant coach Dabo Worthington, who was filling in for Harris. “We don’t have room to make any mental errors or to give them any extra outs.
“Things were going good for us, then we have a mental breakdown and it went from there.’’
Sophomore Katy Nicholson, who went 4-for-8 with a run scored and two RBIs in the twinbill, admits the mental breakdowns are something the Jaguars (4-12 overall, 3-5 in the league) will need to work on during this season.