The Milan Lady Wildcats played tough competition, showed continued improvement, but just missed the win column on Saturday, competing in the Putnam County Tournament in Unionville.
The Lady Wildcats opened play dueling against a much bigger school, in the Kirksville Lady Tigers. Kirksville got the better of Milan, 5-1. Coach Nate Dodson said, "We played a great game and definitely played to the level of our tough competition".
Milan then lost to Clark County 11-4. Coach Dodson indicated that the Lady 'Cats "had an inning with a few errors that we couldn't get out of". In game #3, against North Harrison, Milan gave up two unearned runs and lost a tight battle, 4-3. Likewise, against Chillicothe, Milan played a close battle with the Lady Hornets and came up on the wrong end of a 3-2 score.
Coach Dodson, following the day, told KTTN that "despite the losses I felt like we did a lot of nice things and played very well against some very nice programs, and we can build a lot of confidence based on how well we played a powerhouse like Kirksville! I believe that we are a young team, growing up very quickly!".
Milan will look to break its losing streak on Thursday, traveling to Edina to take on the Knox County Eagles in the Tri-Rivers Conference opener for the Lady 'Cats. First pitch is at 5:00 PM.
The Chillicothe softball team, on Saturday, won two games and lost two at Putnam County's tournament. Putnam County got the better of the Lady Hornets in the opener, 14-6. Monroe City then beat Chillicothe by a final of 6-5. The Lady Hornets would find success in its final two games, slipping by South Harrison 4-2, and then Milan, in the aforementioned 3-2 final. Samantha Baldwin paced the Lady Hornets offense with eight base hits over the four games combined. Chillicothe is now 2-5 on the young season.