To master the nuances of softball, being outside on a dirt field is crucial.
It's early, but the Cuyahoga Falls softball team probably knows that better than most.
That's because the Lady Black Tigers have been outside just twice since the team first got together in February.
As a result, the rust showed.
Falls had three errors, left nine players on base and had a couple of baserunning mistakes en route to a 7-0 loss to Brecksville-Broadview Heights in its season debut March 29 on the road.
With the loss, the Lady Black Tigers fell to 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the Suburban League National Conference.
The Lady Bees improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the National Conference.
Brecksville finished with seven hits and three errors and left two runners on base. Falls had five hits and three errors and left nine players on base.
The Lady Black Tigers got zero runs despite having the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning and runners on second and third with one out in the sixth.
The Lady Bees scored two runs in the second, three runs in the third and and one run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings.
Right-hander Addi Cave got the win in the pitcher's circle. She struck out four batters and walked one in five innings of work. Cave also led off the game with a home run over the fence in right-center field.
Center fielder Daria Demjamjuk had two singles and a run scored for Brecksville.
First baseman Stephanie Delroso gave the Lady Bees a 2-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Brecksville had an unearned run in the third when a throw to first was dropped and Demjamjuk and Natalie Mau each added singles to make it 5-0.
The Lady Bees took advantage of another error to make it 6-0 in the fourth.
Third baseman Katie Williamson led off the inning with an infield single, went to second on an infield error and to third on a wild pitch.
Williamson eventually scored on a run-scoring ground out by right fielder Stephanie Zabak.
In the fifth, Delroso had a double off the fence in right field. Mau, who drew a one-out walk, went to third on Delroso's hit and wound up scoring the final run of the game when the throw from the outfield was cut off.
Center fielder Kyia Saxon led Falls with a double, a single and a walk. Right-handed pitcher, Hailey Miles, who took the loss in the circle, had a single and a walk for the Lady Black Tigers.
Miles pitched the first three innings before being relieved by left-hander Tori Rogers in the fourth. Rogers finished the game.
Right-hander Kesley Jakosh pitched a scoreless sixth and right-hander Sarah Casper pitched a scoreless seventh for Brecksville.