The St. Joseph softball team opened conference play with a back-and-forth battle against Quitman.

However, the Lady Bulldogs’ bid at starting league play with a win came up just short, as Quitman took an 11-9 victory at City of Colleges Park.

St. Joseph (2-2, 0-1) banged out eight hits, but Quitman finished with 11. The Lady Bulldogs were charged with five errors, while Quitman committed four.

Trailing 9-4, St. Joseph put four runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to one. That, however, would be as close as the Lady Bulldogs would get.

"A lot of good things happened even though the score didn’t end in our favor," St. Joseph coach Debra Wilhite said. "They never gave up, and that says a lot about this team’s character."

Amy Schichtl, who also struck out 11 batters in her pitching role, finished 3-for-3 at the plate, including a triple and a double. She also drove in a run and scored three times. Veronica Bausom was -for-3 with three RBI, while Morgan Kordsmeier also finished 2-for-3 and scored a run. Samantha Hoelzeman was 2-for-4 and scored three runs and stole three bases.

St. Joseph will return to action today, hosting South Side Bee Branch.