The Winged Lions had their hands full against Duchesne.
The Rowland Hall softball team lost in the final frame, 27-13, in a roller-coaster matchup against a regional rival.
A last-inning rally proved to be too much for Rowland Hall, but for seniors Sage Sterrett and Shannen Balogh, it was the kind of experience that motivates them to improve their team.
Sterrett and Balogh, the only seniors on a freshman-heavy squad , not only frame the left side of the infield, they are teaching younger players how to play the game.
"We're an incredibly young team," said Balogh, the shortstop. "We're working on communicating better and getting into the right position. It's a lot of work."
Rowland Hall was able to battle within a run in the sixth against Duchesne. Sterrett said that Rowland Hall coach Kathy Howa continuously told her team to forget the score and just play as hard as it could.
"It's hard to shake off being down so many runs, but we worked really hard to play our best," Sterrett said.
Howa has been leaning on the seniors throughout the season. Pulled between the demands of the classroom and the rigors of softball, Howa is grateful to have Sterrett and Balogh anchoring her team.
"Sage and Shannen are fun players that the other girls feed off of," Howa said. "With so many young girls, it's good to have them here."
Sterrett, who plays third base, relishes the defensive opportunities at the hot corner. Sterrett loves the chance to make plays in the infield and show the younger players how to get it done with the leather.
"Defense that's what I love about this game," Sterrett said. "It's the best to make the catch and throw out a runner."
With a rematch against Duchesne looming next Tuesday, Balogh is looking forward to a chance at revenge.
"They're the team we want to beat, and I know we can do it," Balogh said. "Coach Howa is good at making us believe we can beat anyone."
• Sterrett and Balogh are the only seniors on a freshman-heavy team.
• Sterrett has been accepted at Montana State, where she plans to study nursing.
• Balogh plans to study Spanish education at either Boston University or NYU next fall.