A lack of offense brought the season to a disappointing end for Oblong High School's softball team Wednesday (May 24).
The Lady Panthers could not get anything going at the plate and the end result was a 2-0 loss to Marissa-Coulterville in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Marissa Sectional.
"We played pretty well," OHS head coach Galen Slover said. "They were a better team than we were."
It was a pitcher's duel virtually throughout, as neither team could dent the scoreboard through four innings. However, Marissa-Coulterville managed to push across a run in the fifth to take a 1-0 lead, then plated an unearned run in the seventh.
Oblong did not go down without a fight, as they tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Nyah Laino reached on an error with two outs, then Camryn Travis drew a walk to put the tying run on base. However, Madison Neeley fouled out to the catcher to end the game and bring the season to a close.
Abbie Dart provided the only base hit in the game for the Lady Panthers, a two-out single in the first inning. Oblong managed just four total base runners in the game.
"We just didn't get our bats going," Slover said. "We couldn't solve their pitcher. She kept us off balance and kept us guessing. We put the ball in play, we just didn't hit it like we normally do."
Travis suffered the loss on the mound, allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits, while walking four and striking out seven in seven innings.
Marissa-Coulterville advances to play New Athens - a 10-9 winner over Woodlawn in Tuesday's semifinal - in the championship game Saturday at 11 a.m.
Oblong ends its season with a 20-3 record.
"The kids had a really good season and played some pretty good softball," Slover said. "I couldn't be happier with what they did and couldn't be more proud of them. We have 15 quality kids and they represented Oblong well on and off the field. We also had great fan support down there and I can't say enough about them. They have been great all year supporting our kids and we appreciate all they did for us."