BOONEVILLE - The Houston Stingers won two and lost two against some tough competition last Saturday in the Booneville Tournament. They started the day off with a 6-1 loss to Pontotoc followed by a 7-0 loss to the Cyclones, but turned things around in the third game.
The Stingers blanked the Booneville Blast 17-0 and followed up with a 9-5 win over the Pontotoc Power. Coach Steve Pate said the tournament was a good start to the season and a learning experience for the girls.
"These are the caliber of team that we need to play to get better," Pate said. "We usually play good defense but we made some mental errors in the first two games. The Cyclones had a real good pitcher and we hit her a little but couldn't get anything going. The last two games our bats started getting hot and we played great defense like we are used to playing."
As the season begins, Pate is expecting the team to grow with experience and settle in together.
"I was pleased with their effort all day," Pate said. "I think at the end of the day they realized they could play with anyone their age."
The Stingers placed third in the tournament.
"I though that was pretty good considering the level of competition."