The Colonels’ softball team returned to the field against Gretna Wednesday after a brief hiatus, and tried to find their rhythm against the Hawks.

Altavista coach Justin Brown said he thinks a break from playing for multiple days caused the Colonels’ bats to warm up slower.

“Then when we did start hitting it, it just seemed like we were hitting it right to people,” Brown said.

Brown said the Colonels’ pitching was mostly good and the team played solid defense overall, but Gretna was able to connect on several timely hits. He also said the team shouldn’t worry too much about the loss, because it will take time to readjust to playing after roughly a week and a half off.

“It’s not the end of the world, and we’re going to keep fighting and keep competing,” Brown said.

Altavista’s Madyson Brown and Alexis Gonzalez had 1 run each. Emma Andrews had 1 RBI and Emily Giles had 1 run and 1 RBI.

Gretna won, 6-3. The Colonels play next against Chatham on Wednesday.