The season opened on a positive note for Robinson High School's softball team, but their first day of play ended on a sour one at the season-opening Olney Tournament Saturday.
Robinson began the day with a 2-0 win over Newton, then lost to host Olney, 13-3, in the title game.
"I was very proud of the way the girls played today," RHS head coach Larry Hilderbrand said. "We had only been on the diamond once and that was Friday. It was cold and the wind didn't make it any better."
In the first game of the tournament, Robinson broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fourth inning, then added an insurance run in the fifth on their way to the shutout victory.
Freshman Parker Corder picked up the win on the mound in her high-school debut, limiting Newton to three hits over seven innings. She also walked two batters and struck out three.
"Parker did not show any signs of being nervous on the mound," Hilderbrand said. "She pitched a very good ball game."
Offensively, Madison Bayless led the way with a double and a run scored. Kyndal Mendenhall, Olivia Hickey, Jasmine Brooks, Ashlyn Sullivan and Connor York added a base hit apiece and Allison McGahey scored a run.
In the championship game, Robinson fell behind 7-0 after the first inning and never recovered. The Lady Maroons got on the board with a run in the top of the third, but Olney came back with two in the bottom of the inning to take extend their advantage to 9-1. Robinson struck for two more runs in the fifth to pull within 9-3, but Olney scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Brooks led RHS at the plate with a double, a run batted in and a run scored, while Bayless singled and drove in a run. Mendenhall and Mallory Kent also scored a run apiece for the Lady Maroons.
Bayless suffered the loss on the mound, allowing 13 runs - only five of which were earned - on 13 hits, while walking one and striking out two in four and two-thirds innings.
Overall, Hilderbrand was pleased with what he saw with his team for the first time out.
"I thought our pitching looked good, especially since they had not pitched to any batters live until today," Hilderbrand said. "And I thought we hit the ball well, too. Madison and Jasmine hit the ball hard all day. The first game we played excellent defense just having one error, then we had a little let down the second game. But, they played hard and never gave up."
Robinson (1-1) is scheduled to play host to Effingham St. Anthony for a doubleheader Thursday at 4:30 p.m.