April 23, 2014 — The East Carter softball team had a week to think about last week’s 1-0 loss to the five-time 16th Region Champion Ashland Kittens. Because of weather cancellations, the Lady Raiders next game was Monday at Lewis County where East defeated the Lady Lions 5-1.
Coach Derek Calhoun was not sure how his team would respond after last week’s loss but was pleased with his team’s effort.
“We started off slow with us not swinging the bat well in the first two innings,” Calhoun said. “From the third inning on, the girls showed a different attitude. They know they can compete with the best team in the region and have a chance to win it.”
Eighth grade sensation Montana Fouts would get the scoring started on a leadoff homerun in the third inning and the hits kept piling up from there. Shayla Greer would go 2-for-3 and Whitney Hall would also get two hits and have an RBI in the win.
Calhoun was impressed with Hall’s performance. He said she’s been the most consistent hitter this season and has only struck out twice all year.
“She puts the ball in play and when she does, it’s hit hard,” Calhoun said. “She hit two lasers that didn’t get up higher than nine feet on Monday and they were the hardest hit balls I’ve ever seen.”
“If we can be more consistent from top to bottom of our lineup, we’re going to compete.”
Junior pitcher Morgan Jacobs pitched a solid outing, going four and two-thirds innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out three Lady Lions.
“Morgan pitched well,” Calhoun said. “She is getting timing down and change of pace and has really stepped up when we needed her to in big games like this one.”