The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans are not used to starting new softball seasons with losing records, but that's the situation facing the three-time defending state champs after a 2-3 performance at the LFO Invitational at Ringgold's Jack Mattox Complex over the weekend.
However, all three losses came at the hands of teams ranked in the top three of their respective classifications, and Gordon Lee head coach Dana Mull said it is too early in the season to be overly concerned.
"There's no panic, but we do have to get better," she said. "We still have a long way to go, but you aren't supposed to be peaking at this time of the year either, so hopefully we can just keep working and get to where we need to be."
Heritage 6, Gordon Lee 1
The Lady Trojans managed just three hits and committed three errors as they dropped their season opener to Class AAAA's No. 3-ranked team. Tiffany Holland scored the lone run for the Navy-and-White on Ashley McDonald's sacrifice fly.
Ringgold 3, Gordon Lee 0
The Lady Trojans left runners in scoring position in four innings against last year's Class AAA state runners-up and stranded a total of 10 on bases in a shutout loss to the classification's No. 3-ranked team.
Holland was 2 for 3 in the loss, while Tori McElhaney went 1 for 2. Emily Armour allowed six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings with five strikeouts, while Haley Haught gave up two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Gordon Lee 5, Sonoraville 3
The Lady Trojans needed a couple of extra innings, but finally got past an improved Phoenix team on Saturday morning. Reagan Brown had two hits and two RBIs, while McDonald also picked up two RBIs. Armour had one RBI, and Sara Holcomb added a double.
Megan Wolinsky threw five innings of three-hit ball with one walks and six strikeouts, but got no decision. Armour picked up the win, giving up two hits and fanning five in three innings of relief.
Gordon Lee 4, North Murray 3
The Lady Trojans scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim a Saturday afternoon victory over the Mountaineers. Bailey Miller drove in two runs in the win, while McDonald and McElhaney knocked in one run each. Armour struck out 10 batters in a complete-game win.
Northwest 11, Gordon Lee 3
Class AAAA's defending state champions and pre-season No. 1 team scored seven times in the first inning to drop the Navy-and-White under .500 after its first weekend of action.
Holland had three of Gordon Lee's nine hits, including a double. McElhaney picked up two more RBIs, while McDonald knocked in one, giving her five to start the season.
A tough schedule continues for the Lady Trojans on Monday as they are slated to play at Calhoun at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Jackets were ranked No. 7 in the Class AA pre-season poll.
The week wraps up with the first two Region 6-A games of the year, at home against Walker on Wednesday (4:30) and at Mount Zion on Thursday (5:00).