Metro State fell 8-3 Friday to Nebraska Kearney at Regis University to be eliminated from the RMAC tournament. Aubree Maul pitching her third game in two days took the loss. Metro never lead after Kearney got a two out run in the first inning. The Roadrunners tied the game in the bottom of the second but than Kearney opened it up getting 4 runs in the third inning. They added two more in the fourth an fifth for the 7-1 lead. Metro brought in Clark twice more to get to the final 8-3 score. Metro’s season now will end at 26-27. So lets look ahead to see what this team needs going forward next season.
1. A second Pitcher
Metro has a great ace coming back in Aubree Maul, but they need either Randolph or Moss to step up to start taking series 3-1 during the season. It was obvious in the tournament that Maul was the only pitcher Coach Lansford felt comfortable going to and you can’t win a tournament that way.
2. Protect Tillery
Kelsey Tillery is playing amazing in that leadoff role, but Metro needs someone to step up in the two hole to protect her. I look to a Mary Towner to keep improving and step up into that role for Metro thus bridging the gap to Chelsea Brew and Aubree Maul in the middle of the lineup.
3. Get Older and Wiser
This team was so young and inexperienced that you knew that they were going to have speed bumps this season. So really the number one thing they need in the offseason is just more time together. Once they get that than some of the silly errors will go away as well as being more comfortable in crunch time with the bats. The future is bright see you next year Metro Softball!