The first game of Roland-Story’s softball season was May 25 against PCM and ended with a loss, 0-6.

“We knew a road trip to PCM as our first game would be tough and we just let the pressure get to us and made too many little mistakes against a good team,” said head coach Amber Doyle.” There were some good things that happened throughout the game, too, and the girls know they have a solid foundation to build on moving forward throughout the rest of the season.”

Sydney Mathis pitched a quality game against a line-up that includes eight seniors, and Roland-Story had some nice hard hit balls, that just went straight to people, Doyle said

On May 26, a home game against CMB resulted in a closer loss, 1-3.

“The girls really wanted a win at home and played an overall strong game against CMB. After returning from state last year and losing only one senior, we knew they’d be a confident team,” Doyle said. “We matched their confidence, though, and played a clean game of ball against them, even in pressure situations.

“We put pressure back on them, but struggled to get hits together to put more runs on the board. CMB played strong defense against us and took away some solid hits, as well.”

Once again, Sydney Mathis looked strong on the mound and Doyle predicted she will only improve as the season goes on.

“We had some fantastic defensive plays by several members of the team, including a diving catch by center fielder Jenna Clark and our new third baseman, Cora Spainhower, who has been a welcome addition to our team,” Doyle said. “It’s already been fun watching our middle infielders, Juliann Clark and Susie Weaver, utilize their speed to cover so much territory.”