Struggles on the diamond continued for Oblong High School's baseball and softball teams Monday.
The baseball team is still in search of a win after losing to visiting Marshall, 5-1, while the Lady Panthers were pounded by Marshall, 23-4, in Little Illini Conference action Monday.
Problems at the plate continue to plague the Panthers, who mounted very little offense against the Lions.
Marshall scored twice in the first inning to take a lead they would never relinquish, then added single runs in the second and third for a 4-0 advantage. The Lions tacked on a run in the top of the seventh, then Oblong plated a run in their last at-bat to avoid being shut out for the third straight game. The run was the first time the Panthers scored a run since a 10-2 loss April 9 at Hutsonville-Palestine, ending their scoreless drought at 25.2 innings.
"We are all a little frustrated," OHS head coach Dave Hasty said. "Nobody strikes out on purpose, but it seems we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We struck out 16 our of 25 times at the plate tonight, and nothing good can come from that."
Jason Midgett led the OHS offense with a single and a run batted in, while Collin Meese singled and scored a run and Tyler Woods added a base hit.
James Rogers took the loss on the mound, giving up four runs - one earned - on two hits, while walking five and striking out six in six innings. Woods pitched the final frame, allowing one run on one hit, with one walk and one strikeout.
"James threw a lot of pitches tonight, but put together a pretty decent game," Hasty said. "We just couldn't get anything going on the offensive side. Marshall's pitcher (K.J. Rogers) really manhandled us tonight."
On the softball diamond, Marshall scored early and often and rolled to the win. The Lady Lions opened the scoring with a nine-run first inning, but Oblong scored three times in the bottom of the inning to stay within striking distance. Marshall answered with eight more runs in the second, then scored three in the third and two in the fourth to extend their advantage to 22-3. Oblong got a run in the bottom of the third, but Marshall added a run in the top of the fourth to complete the scoring.
The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Kira Meese led OHS at the plate with three singles and a run scored, while Kelci Dunlap singled twice, knocked in a run and scored a run. Cheyenne Wells doubled and scored a run, Christy Kirkham singled and scored twice and Baylee Sparks had a base hit.
Ashlei Tuel took the loss on the mound, while Sparks and Emily Lockhart also pitched for the Lady Panthers. They combined to give up 20 hits, walk seven batters and hit three more.
"It was just one of those games where we got it handed to us," OHS head coach Galen Slover said. "We will go back to practice today and try to get better."