Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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March 14, 2012

East softball falls in rainy home opener

March 14, 2012 —     There would be neither a delay nor rescheduling for the Lady Raider's home opener on Monday night as East’s girls dirtied their cleats.

    Despite a chance to tie the game in the final inning, the Lady Raiders could not muster enough at bat to come out the victor, losing in a grinded-out game, 5-1.

    East Carter Head Coach Derek Calhoun said he was happy with his team’s effort in the first game.

    “It was close there throughout the whole game, “ Calhoun said. “We had chance after chance to put some runs on the board, and put some pressure on their pitcher. The score may not indicate it, but this was a good game.

    Trailing Greenup 2-0 in the top of the fourth, a young group of Lady Raiders found itself with the opportunity to cut into or possibly take the lead following two walks by the Lady Musketeers.

    Freshman pitcher/first baseman Tori Qualls stepped into the batters box to drill one between second and third base to ride the left field line. This play resulted in an RBI for Qualls, driving in fellow freshman Whitney Hall, to make the score 2-1 in favor of Greenup.

    Freshman pitcher Morgan Jacobs put together a nice game for the Lady Raiders, with her only significant mistake coming off a pitch right down the middle in the bottom of the fifth inning.

    This resulted in a line drive home run over the left field wall for Greenup County’s Mariah Evton, as she drove in two teammates to extend the Lady Musketeer’s lead to four runs, at 5-1.

    With only two seniors on the entire roster, this is a very young Lady Raiders team that is still learning.

    Calhoun said his team’s youth is something they will have to overcome this season.

    “When you have five or six freshman starting every game it can be tough at times,” Calhoun said. “They’re going to get better, and we have to build confidence in them. We have to make sure that they don’t take this loss home with them, and start building for the rest of the season.”

    After an inning and half with no runs, East’s girls found themselves in a position to win the game at the end, as Greenup walked two East Carter batters to load the bases.

    A pop fly by sophomore Kayla Hall occurred, which resulted in a force out at second base to end the game.

    Despite the tough opening loss, Calhoun expressed optimism for his team to succeed this season.

    “I feel like we played pretty good defensively tonight, and Jacobs pitched one of the best ball games she has pitched with eight strike outs,” Calhoun said. “We have a lot of girls on the same team who have never really played together. But, I think it will all start to gel for us in the coming weeks.”

    Following Monday’s defeat to Greenup County, East Carter will now have a nine-day break before they take the field again, this time on the road, as they head to Elliott County on March 21 for a 6 p.m. start.

    Catch up on all the latest Lady Raiders softball action in next Wednesday’s edition of The Journal-Times.

    Grant Stevens can be reached at gstevens@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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