By Randy Robbins

Special to the Pilot

Lady Panther's softball coach Brianna Wallace was hoping things were going to get on track against Bandon last Tuesday. It didn't quite work out that way.

"We knew they (Bandon) were a young team, a good team," said Wallace.

If Wallace was wishing the Tiger's inexperience would be their undoing the proof is in the pudding. "We found out what a good group they really are," Wallace said.

Bandon went on a scoring spree to prove that point, knocking in 11 runs to the host Panther's 2 under sunny skies. The loss meant Gold Beach, 0-3, would head to the exits still winless in the competitive 2A/1A Sunset Special District 4.

The Tigers, for their part, are on a roll now 2-1 on the season, tied for second in league with Walport behind chart-topper, Toledo. The road for the Panthers in the short term doesn't appear to be getting any easier. The Waldport Irish are up next.

Wallace is still optimistic though, while attempting to keep it real.

"I've got a good group myself and we are finding our way, we'll get there," she said.

Wallace points out some of what happened against the Tigers was self-inflicted.

"We have had challenges in the hitting department and we left lots of girls on bases. We need to take care of that," she said.