It wasn't the Western Boone softball team's day Friday against Brownsburg.
Strong hitting and fielding by the visiting Bulldogs was enough to stymie the Stars in a 7-2 game. Western Boone's record fell to 1-1 on the season.
"They are probably one of the hardest hitting teams that we have seen in the last two years since I became head coach," Western Boone coach Mike Vanderpool said. "They hit us really hard. They are a good team, a really good team. We had a couple of miscues early and it should of been 1-1 heading to the fourth. I don't know if we win, but it should have been a tighter game. I am proud of our girls and their effort and we have to learn from these mistakes."
Brownsburg scored an unearned run in the first. Lead-off hitter Ally Carver reached on an error and after a pop-up, two-straight singles were enough to bring Carver around to score.
The score remained 1-0 when Western Boone appeared to have something going in the second.
Paige Poole doubled to center to start the inning off. After a strike out, Jenna Thomas singled, but got thrown out at second trying to advance to second. A pop out ended the threat.
The Stars had three runners caught trying to advance a base in the game. Vanderpool gave credit to the Bulldogs' defense.
"I think it will get fixed with time," Vanderpool said. "But their outfielders all had really strong arms and I don't think our girls were used to that. Seeing that this early caught us off guard a little bit."
Brownsburg added to the lead in the top of the third.
Back-to-back singles by Lucy Paczkowski and Carlie Weaver put runners on first and second with no outs. After a strike out, Jessica Doctor singled home Paczkowski. Three batters later, another single scored Weaver.
Neither team did anything offensively until the sixth.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.