April 9, 2014 —
But that was not the most impressive thing to Calhoun.
“Out of all of the pitching we’ve faced, we only struck out eight times in six games,” Calhoun said. “We were putting the ball in play. We are still hitting the ball right at people at times, but eventually someone going to make mistakes.”
East has several young players starting varsity, with three eighth graders and a freshman on the field. So for a young team to play that well against some of the best competition in both states has Calhoun and the rest of the Lady Raiders excited for the second half of the season.
“We were young last year and we are again this year,” Calhoun said. “But they are playing very well above their ability level. Our eighth graders are playing sophomores and juniors. We’ve got a good bench behind them that can play the field and can hit.”
Calhoun said the tournament helped East learn their identity.
“We can change our lineup both offensively and defensively and get things to work for us,” Calhoun said. “We saw six good pitchers in six games that threw a variety of pitches. Our girls are excited to get back here and show what they learned against the rest of the region.”
East will finally return home for a contest against Lewis County Wednesday to open a seven-game home stand.
MacKenzie Bates can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.