VALDOSTA -- No matter how hard a team prepares physically, if the smallest of mental errors occurs it could prevent victory.
Mental errors added up for the Lowndes High softball team in their 7-6 loss to Lee County Thursday.
After Lee County built up a 7-1 lead, the Vikings appeared to be on the comeback trail in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Vikings put together three hits to score five runs.
The Vikings' runs came on two walks, a hits batman, a sacrifice fly and a single.
The final run of the game came when Amy Brightwell popped out to left field earning the Vikings second out of inning and scoring Suzanne Kluball.
After Kluball had scored, Jocelyn Hall hesitated and then took off for third base tagging from second with two outs remaining.
The Lee County left fielder tossed the ball to third, throwing out Hall for the final out of the game.
"That's why it is a mental game," assistant head coach Amy Broad said.
Another case of Vikings' errors came in the fourth inning when two Trojans' runners scored on a passed ball after Krystle Robinson relieved Alden Pope.
"Mentally we weren't prepared," Broad said. "We have to go through (game) situations (more in practice)."
The Trojans developed their big lead by tagging Pope for seven earned runs.
With one out remaining in the top of the fourth, Broad pulled Pope and brought Robinson in relief.
"I think she did her job," Broad said. "She was throwing her pitches. They were just throwing their hands to the ball where we weren't."
After the passed ball, Robinson didn't allow another run throughout the next three innings.
The Vikings were playing without the on-field guidance of head coach Jared Dickey.
Dickey was serving the second game of a two game suspension he attained during last year's sectionals.
Dickey had already served one of the games in his suspension in the sectional playoffs a game after he was tossed for arguing with an umpire.
Dickey will try and get his team to overcome the mental errors before they host Valdosta Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.
"We just got to pull together as a team," Broad said. "They gave it everything they got, they just waited a little to late."
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